Thursday, 8 September 2016

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them:: Official Trailer Thoughts

Hufflepuff Scarf. HUFFLEPUFF SCARF
Depending on how closely you looked at the objects inside Newt's suitcase, you may  have noticed a yellow and black scarf. Surely, surely this is a connotation to Newt's Hufflepuff sorting whilst at Hogwarts. It's a subtle, yet highly significant symbol of Newt's past that is being brought into Muggle America. However, his choice to continue wearing his scarf is rather interesting given that this trailer revealed Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts. Which leads me on to my second point...

Newt Was Expelled
Given that Newt was expelled from Hogwarts, it seems unusual that he continues to carry a piece of his house's uniform with him across the Atlantic. My biggest question surrounding his expulsion though, is whether or not this is canonical. In the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - a brief biography of Scamander claims that he did graduate from Hogwarts. We can also understand from this Graves' narration that Dumbledore 'was so fond' of him. Could it possibly be that Newt has been expelled, but then following on from the events of this film trilogy, he will return to Hogwarts, and later graduate. Could Dumbledore be key in ensuring this happens?

'Shaw. America's Future.'
Who is Shaw? This is clearly part of an electoral campaign, but that doesn't mean that it's in the Muggle world. Maybe Shaw is trying to make his way up in magical politics, and into MACUSA? Perhaps he's trying to take over President Seraphina Picquery's role as the American equivalent to the Minister for Magic.

1920's Magical America - FEMINISM
Porpentina is wearing trousers throughout the clips we see. Trousers only became more popular and acceptable for women to wear in the mid 20th Century - so essentially, Tina is ahead of her time. Furthermore, so is Seraphina Picquery in her role as President of MACUSA. Even now, there hasn't been a female President of the United States yet; nor has there been a female Minister for Magic - but according to Pottermore, Seraphina isn't the first in this role. There was also Emily Rappaport, the creator of Rappaport's law, a tool for segregation of Wizards and Muggles. As far as feminism stands, having women ahead of their times and in great positions of power in this trilogy is fantastic. 

 It's hard to believe how close we are to the release of the film now just over two months away, so it seemed fitting to share more thoughts on the book and film as we get closer to the release date. In light of this, keep an eye out for another trailer analysis post coming up in the near future, and I'd be really interested to hear what your thoughts are so far in the lead up to watching this film. 


  1. This post is so interesting, I love how detailed you went into the one trailer! I fully admit that despite being a Harry Potter fan and an english student I just watched the trailer and enjoyed the moment rather than reading into it or trying to analyse it..but I am intrigued about the feminism point..and the point about the scarf..
    Awesome post Holly!

    1. Thanks Hawwa! Initially I didn't intend to go into the analysis from a critical perspective, but an instinctive analytical approach seems to have come in partnership with A Level Media Studies...

  2. Just a minor point, there has been a female Minister for Magic, if we just count the seven original books. The minister before Fudge was a female, Millicent Bagnold.

    1. True, but if we consider the timelines for both of these occasions. Seraphina Picquery came in the 1920's, Millicent Bagnold wasn't until a few decades later.


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