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“Fantastic Beasts” a Queer Rights Metaphor?


A columnist for a US tabloid has claimed JK Rowling’s new Harry Potter spin-off is, in fact, a metaphor for LGBT rights. ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is released today (Friday, November 18) and takes fans of the magical universe across the Atlantic to explore the wizarding world of the United States. Writing for the New York Post, Kyle Smith claimed the film is a “gay liberation epic” and might be the “gayest superhero movie since X-Men: First Class”.  Comparing the wizarding world of New York City to the LGBT community, he said the film “explores a clandestine … Read more

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts

Written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is a spin-off of the Harry Potter phenomenon. In giving us a prequel to the Harry Potter universe, Rowling takes us on an adventure with super-geek Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards. A powerful wizard is causing trouble, but other forces are also at work. This story is set seventy years before we see Harry Potter reading Scamander’s book while studying at Hogwarts. Redmayne is such a talented actor that he makes it appear as if this part was … Read more

Dumbledore News from “Fantastic Beasts”

Johnny Depp

Two bits of info today on Dumbledore’s sexuality in the new series: Johnny Depp is confirmed to be playing Dumbledore’s love interest in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. The Pirates of the Caribbean star was reported to have been brought on for the Harry Potter spin-off franchise last week, with people guessing on which character Depp would be playing. Director David Yates confirmed to fan site The Leaky Cauldron Depp will be playing Gellert Grindelwald, the former friend and love interest of the Hogwarts headteacher. And Rowling teased fans about how far she will go with Dumbledore’s youthful explorations: “I can’t … Read more

Dumbledore To Be Back in Harry Potter Spin-Offs


JK Rowling has hinted that the relationship between gay wizard characters Dumbledore and Grindelwald will be central to her upcoming Harry Potter spin-off films. Rowling has penned the script for upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, which is set in the same universe as the Harry Potter films but takes place in 1920s New York. The setting of the film rules out the return of many fan favourites from the Potter franchise, who were not alive in the 1920s – but some speculated speculating that the film could feature a young version of beloved … Read more

Dispatches from Hogwarts G.S.A.: A Game of Thrones Report Card

We love HBO’s Game of Thrones. It’s some of the best storytelling on premium cable, possibly the best production quality ever for a TV series (DRAGONS!), and the directing and acting are pretty darn awesome to boot. We’re also really happy the phenomenally popular show has increased interest in high fantasy on the small screen, big screen, and in books. Another thing we love about GoT is that it has gay, lesbian and bisexual characters and decent portrayals of women. The Hogwarts G.S.A. believes gender equality and LGBTQ equality go hand-in-hand, so strong, diverse female characters are important to us … Read more

Dispatches from Hogwarts G.S.A.: Hello QSFers!

When Scott posted an open invitation to write a column for QSF, I thought: “Cool opportunity!” Then I thought, “What the hell am I going to call it?” That question followed me around for a while like a storm cloud, sending me hiding for cover, too filled with angst to even try to tackle a response. I mean, A: I’m an author, so whatever I called this column had to be clever and good. And B: QSF is a site for sci fi and fantasy fans and writers, so the expectation for cleverness is especially high. Then, C: Whatever I … Read more

Harry Potter Star Unrecognizable After Career Change

Harry Potter fans were in for a shock this week, when it was revealed that a fan favourite has made quite a dramatic transformation. Josh Herdman – who played Draco Malfoy’s sidekick Goyle in a all eight Potter films – has moved on from casting spells to throwing punches as a professional MMA fighter. The former actor made his amateur debut last weekend, beating Polish opponent, Janusz Walachowski, at the City Pavillion in London. The child star later spoke of his new career and what he loves about it most. “I’ve been training traditional Japanese jujitsu for nearly five years … Read more

Harry Potter Fan Film Features Young Snape

Harry Potter Fan Film

Snape, Lily and The Marauders have graduated Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At a local pub, James Potter and his friends reminisce about their last seven years, and contemplate their future. All seems bright for these four friends despite the darkness that awaits them, until Snape arrives. Thinking about the war they are to join and the part Snape might play, James decides to do something about Snape once and for all. Film by Broad Strokes. Full Story at SF Signal