The year 2018 is upon us, and what a year it’s going to be! It was only a matter of time before Harry Potter and his crew of magic users left their mark on the world of cinema. Just like their wizardly counterparts, the young actors who portrayed Harry and his friends have since established themselves as leading men and women of their generation, capturing our hearts and imaginations as we’ve never been captivated by fictional characters before. One of the biggest and most unexpected surprises of the year was The Lighthouse, the incredible and unique spin on the Harry Potter storyline, which came fully loaded with incredible performances from its young cast, breathtaking production design, and an unforgettable soundtrack. The movie will be cherished by Potter fans for years to come.

While the entire world was focused on The Lighthouse in theaters, it was a completely different story on the internet. The Twitter hashtag #harrypotteriscoming soon reached its peak, with users sharing their excitement and gratitude for this wonderful piece of cinema.

The interest in Harry Potter wasn’t just because of the unexpected turn of events that occurred in The Lighthouse. The films have been getting progressively more interesting as the series has continued, and the fandom has kept up with the saga’s twists and turns. It wasn’t only about the nostalgia factor for some fans as well, as the films have continued to delve into subjects like Dark Arts, which were left out of the books, and the increasing relevance of the Marauders’ Map, which has helped locate Hagrid’s lost beast, and led the way to the final confrontation with Voldemort.

Pattinson Provides The Backbone Of Harry Potter

The late-breaking news that Twilight fans were going to get a third installment of the popular vampire series sparked a bit of a discussion about whether or not it was a wise choice to continue the story of Bella and Edward. After all, the big baddies didn’t get their comeuppance, and the series’ two main stars weren’t even directly involved in bringing about the end of the world as we know it. In the end, it was decided that there was enough story to go around for all of us, and that it was important to tell Bella’s side of the story once again. This is something that Stephenie Meyer has always wanted to do, but was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to write the novel that she envisioned. Now that the opportunity has come around, she’ll have the chance to finish what she started, and see the saga of Edward and Bella come to its satisfying conclusion.

While the Twilight franchise has mostly been focused on telling Bella’s story up to this point, it was clear from the beginning that her twin brother, Edward, was going to play a huge role in the upcoming novels and movies as well. In this way, Stephenie Meyer has always strived to make her characters as realistic as possible, and give each one some dimension that makes them relatable. This strategy has certainly paid off in terms of audience appeal, and it’s easy to see why she’s one of the most popular self-published authors of all time. As part of her self-publishing efforts, Meyer worked with her brother, Mario, on the Harry Potter franchise, which was originally intended to be a trilogy. The duo worked together on The Lying Game, while Mario provided the vocals for the series’ terrifying antagonists, the Voldemort family.

The Dark Arts Are Back, And They’re Here To Stay

The Dark Arts are back, and they’re here to stay. After eight years away, Grindelwald’s experiment has finally borne its fruit, as his dark wizards have risen up to carry out his diabolical plans for world domination. Thanks to a heroic effort by a teenage wizard named Albus Dumbledore, who was aided by the Legion of Harry Potter, an entire continent has been purged of dark wizards, and the menace has been driven deep underground once again. This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting developments in the entire series, and it’s even more pleasing that it was completely unexpected. It’s great to see Rowling’s original vision for the Harry Potter franchise come to life, and give her a story that she may not have been able to tell in the first place. Dark Arts, Voldemort’s army, and the final showdown between good and evil will leave readers desperate for more.

The Relevance Of The Marauders’ Map

One of the greatest surprises of The Lighthouse was the revelation that the Marauders’ Map, which has Harry Potter fans scrambling for their pens and Sharpies in search of the rare and elusive item, actually has some relevance to the storyline. The Marauders’ Map is an important tool throughout the entire series, playing a crucial role in helping Harry and his friends find Hagrid’s lost beast Rabbit, and leading them on a chase through the Forbidden Forest, where they confront Lord Voldemort and his army of evil. In the end, it’s revealed that the Marauders’ Map is, in fact, a map to Mordor, and that the entire forest is a trap, designed to lure the unwary into a gruesome death. This was all part of Rowling’s grand plan, and it’s great to see that she’s finally giving her fans something that they’ve been asking for since the very beginning, and that is a map to Mordor.

It’s clear that 2018 is going to be an incredible year for Harry Potter fans. While the entire world was distracted by the sensational finale of The Lighthouse, fans were able to get back to work, and finish what Dumbledore and the Harry Potter troops started all those years ago. It’s going to be an exciting, and cathartic ride, as we all follow the lead of Albus Dumbledore, and get to the Potterverse’s finish line together.