July 22, 2018
When I was on the plane, I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
It’s a Harry Potter spin-off that I thought would be boring. But they caught me with the hook at the end of the film with the big Grindelwald reveal.
Oh yeah, spoilers.
But actually, the film is only worth watching for that last part anyway, so you’re welcome really.
Graves, the auror gives a monologue about Wizards coming out of hiding, and about how he doesn’t want to hide his power level anymore. Once he’s caught, he is revealed to be Johnny Depp aka Grindelwald.
His eyes turn blue and his hair becomes blonde. Super Saiyan basically.
The Deep State mulatto then starts towering over him with her sassy black woman smirk and he whispers, “White Power” to her before he’s taken away.
The sequel is about to be released.
The Wizarding World returned to Hall H with a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
For the Hall H presentation, Depp skipped the panel discussion, which took questions, and instead showed up at the end of the presentation dressed in character to deliver a creepy speech. In spite of fans voicing their concerns online about Depp’s presence in the movie, the actor received applause and cheers from the Hall H crowd.
“The great gift of your applause is not for me but for yourselves,” Depp said in his character’s English accent, waving a wand over the audience. “Magic blooms only in rare souls. It is granted to those who live for higher purposes. What a world we would make for all of humanity. We, who live for freedom, for truth — the moment has come to rise up an take our rightful place in the world.”
At the end of the speech, the lights flickered and then turned off, with Depp disappearing in the darkness, and the presentation was over.
The cast was asked what spells they would like to have on hand in real life, with the top answer being a spell that would impeach President Donald Trump. “Impeachius maximus,” cried out Fogler. Meanwhile Miller said he would appreciate a spell that would “destroy the patriarchy.”
There is a zeitgeist that is literally everywhere in our culture. It is inescapable.
Even the whole concept of there being two great Wizard Wars in the last century with Grindewald being the first dark wizard and Voldemort being his continuation is clearly a reference to WWI and WWII.
Since they already told the WWII arc, it only makes sense to tell the WWI arc.
The last Harry Potter movie starred Radcliffe converting to White Supremacy
I don’t even think Rowling or a lot of authors really understand what they put into their work. This is related to the eternal debate about whether the artist is really creating or just conveying what the artistic spirit within him moves him to create or not, but that’s not where I want to go with this.
What I want to say is that all of this anti-White, anti-Nationalist and mostly just fixation with the rise of a powerful dark wizard that speaks well, makes a lot of sense and is committed to changing the world but needs to be opposed by a thick-headed hero who isn’t susceptible to his entreaties is just everywhere at this point.
It’s in the comic books, it’s in the Harry Potter stuff, it’s everywhere. Politics and opposition to Hitler/Drumpf mean that the literature and art being made now are part of an interwoven tapestry. The creators draw inspiration from their ill-informed view of history, project it onto the Current Year and it’s endlessly re-told, just with different variations on the same theme.
It’s probably not even these peoples’ fault. They just literally can’t come up with anything new.
Functionally though, this no different than a Sunday Sermon by a preacher. The same themes reinforced everytime you go to Church/the movies with different parables and metaphors and characters to repeat basically the same point.
That’s why this stuff gets pushed.
And it’s not just Harry Potter, it’s all this young adult lit/movies/series. They’re all so predictable and just…boring. We’re drowning in this boring bullshit boring humanitarian platitude shit from very boring people with, admittedly, some good technical story-telling skills.
Only the details change in these stories. Someone needs to come around and write something new already. Just from an artistic point of view, this theme has been beaten to death.
I don’t even think that shit like Harry Potter can stand on its own merits.
Think about it, you never chose to read Harry Potter. I was given Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by my mom. She was raving about how all the kids were reading it, and how the woman who wrote it was so poor that she was writing on napkins and it was a miracle story and blah blah blah.
I don’t even know if all that shit is even true.
And I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed reading Harry Potter. I did the whole waiting at midnight for the new book thing. I looked forward to it. It was exciting. Even the dum-dums were into it.
You know the ones, the muggles who didn’t understand the magic of reading.
But first of all, the kids who got into Harry Potter didn’t make the choice to read Harry Potter. We were given the book. Someone decided to promote it to the moms who saw in JK Rowling a suburban nice-looking Martha Stewart of books that they could trust to give us a nice story.
No, but seriously, that shit was crack for young kids with slightly higher than average IQ.
You’re special and you belong in an elite, mystical school full of eccentrics who appreciate your hidden talents that the subhuman muggles don’t.
No, seriously, think about it. The Dursleys are depicted as barely human caricatures of the lower classes. They’re a mix of prole habits, bourgeois pettiness and neurotic middle-class concern with conformity.
But Harry and other eccentrics have what it takes to be whisked away from the dreariness of life among the muggles to an elite prep school/grammar school followed by an Ivy League University/Oxford where you can hide away from the dumb meanies who bully you and who you can’t understand.
…and then about half-way through the series, the good wizards suddenly start defending muggles from a sort of…what exactly? Noblesse oblige?
All the previous books were spent shitting on the muggles and talking about how they were so easy to trick and bamboozle, and then all of a sudden the liberals – I mean good wizards – decide to save them from the White Supremacists – I mean dark wizards…for no discernable reason? To just keep their pets alive? To spite the dark wizards?
Liberals have a bizarre disconnect going on. They’re always both victims and heroes and resistance fighters and system enforcers at the same time. You see the cognitive dissonance in their stories.
And it gets worse as you get into young adult lit like Hunger Games, Maze Runner, all that popular teen dystopia trend thing – but I’ll save that for another time.