I don’t often get watch television programming that is current, meaning, I watch shows after the fact, via Netflix or Amazon Prime. I am sure many of you all are the same. But this past week, I heard, from across the house in the living room, the following hauntingly familiar melody:
Hedwig’s Theme, composed by John Williams, and harmonically analyzed here by Mark Richards on his Film Music Notes site. It’s FANTASTIC!
Take a listen:
It’s FANTASTIC how a single line of music notes can bring back a flood of memories and feelings. The tones of this melody sent a familiar chill up my arms. I thought for a brief moment that my daughter had put in a DVD, and the preview for one of the Harry Potter films was on it. After all, she would not be watching a Harry Potter movie, simply because they had never been her thing. But I think that magical day is finally coming…more on that in a bit!
But it wasn’t a preview. When I walked in to the living room to see what was going on (because, you know, Harry Potter always makes me look…), things got even more FANTASTIC!
She was watching television…actual current programming. And the music I heard was from the end of the trailer for the latest film about the Wizarding World: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them! (Cue the trumpets). It’s really happening!
I wrote about what J.K. Rowling’s magnificent series has meant to me through the years in a blog post last Spring. But now, this new film is set to be launched mid November, and I simply cannot wait.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is one of the trailers:
It’s all FANTASTIC!
The memories, the feels, the awesomeness that Rowling created has returned, and I can’t wait to see how this American Wizarding World plays out. The original series occurred during a part of my life when my son was the perfect age and mindset. It was something we shared together, as a family. My daughter is eight years younger than my son, and never got into it, though.
Until now! This is the most FANTASTIC part of all! That preview sparked a real interest in her. At a rating of PG-13 (Fantasy Violence being cited), I don’t know if Fantastic Beasts will be appropriate for her or not. But in any case, I am thrilled that I will get to relive Rowling’s world with my daughter. It is a very special thing.
Who else is excited about this? Let me know in the comments!