For several years, the Harry Potter fandom laid dormant. There were no new books to speculate and debate over, no films to plan outfits for. In many ways, Potterheads everywhere felt like their childhoods had ended. We’ve attempted to fill the deep hole left in our hearts with Quidditch World Cups and butterbeer binges, re-reads, re-watches and of course, fan-art and fan-fic.
And then, on September 12th, 2013, everything changed.
The Queen spoke.
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts’, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros. Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
So, basically, this happened.
In a matter of moments, all Potterheads awoke. A deep rumbling was felt across the land and non-believers shuttered.
All of the feelings were felt.
There were so many feelings that feelings began to be to hard to feel, so those feeling sought out others who were feeling so that all feels could be felt by all those feeling of all the feels… Even more amazing than the news of a brand new extension of the Harry Potter universe was the immediate and overwhelming response of Potterheads everywhere. The fandom is alive and in a matter of hours, it took over the internet, crashed sites, and reminded everyone just how powerful it can be. Naturally, we at LeakyNews were basking in the light of Potterhead reactions, so we thought it only appropriate to chronicle them here. From Tumblr, to Twitter, to Vine, we searched every possible hashtag and celebrated with you. Here is a recap of all the best feels so we can go on feeling all of the feels together.