The Harry Potter films finished just before the beginning of Killing Time, so we haven’t had a lot of cause to talk about the eight-film franchise. That changes this month as we return to The Wizarding World for the first in a five-film series spun out of one of Harry’s textbooks at Hogwarts: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The new series takes place in early 20th Century America, far from the magical castle where we saw Harry, Ron and Hermione grow up from Sorcerer’s Stone to part two of The Deathly Hallows.
There’s so much to delve in to from the adaptation of insanely complex books, handling an entire cast that grew up onscreen over a decade, and the films themselves which-as a fan of both the books and the movies-did an overall great job of bringing the magic from the page to the screen. There’s so much to look at that we’ll do one a month in a My Favorite Scene column and cover the whole series starting in a few weeks. But which installment is your favorite? Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone for our UK readers) where we saw the world come to life? Azkaban, where the series began to grow up? Order of the Phoenix (which I think is better than the book)? Or the very different, very warranted two-movie finale with Deathly Hallows? Vote for your favorite this month, check out the next Wizarding film, and at the end of the month we’ll reveal the community’s Potter pick and compare the classic series to the beginning of Newt Scamander’s adventures (votes submitted by owl will probably not reach Killing Time HQ in time to be counted; best to apparate in and drop them off).