With the recent release of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them in Japan, it didn’t take long for one Japanese fan to show their appreciation.
A Twitter user by the name of Kirikawa penned a beautiful anime styled piece of both Harry Potter and Newt Scamander exchanging greetings. This type of image is also known as a “hero change” in Japan and it’s meant to signify the evolution of a world setting through the changing of its protagonists.
What makes this particular piece of art so noteworthy, despite the obvious fact it is very nicely done, is that it garnered the attention of J.K. Rowling herself.
Now, Rowling is a very warm and caring figure with her fans and her response to this image has been suitably glowing. Naturally, the artist in question was thrilled to be acknowledged.
It’s also worth pointing out that Rowling’s work is incredibly popular in Japan, especially Harry Potter. Narratives based at school hugely resonate with people here and it’s a common staple in both manga and anime.
Not to mention that magical schools are something of a common theme in anime and manga as well, so it’s not hugely surprising that Harry Potter managed to find such a loyal fanbase in Japan.
As for Fantastic Beasts, I saw it over the weekend and thought it was genuinely lovely. It’s nice to finally see a new Hollywood film with proper characters and an actual story.
While there are meant to be more of these films on the way, at least this installment had a decent ending. Admittedly, there are narrative threads left to explore but the cut-off wasn’t typically savage and shallow. There’s depth and nuance here, I just wish that this were more prevalent in Hollywood films these days.
It’s clear at least that one Japanese fan enjoyed the film, as he clearly captured the respective and innate goodwill that both series embody.
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