Culture Crash 21-11: Are You Team “Harry Potter” Books Or Films?

Culture Crash 21-11: Are You Team “Harry Potter” Books or Films?

It’s been almost 25 years since the first Harry Potter book was released. Today, the wizarding franchise is worth billions of dollars and has extended out to movie spinoffs, themed amusement parks, merchandise and more. We delve into the magical world and what sets the books apart from the films.

19-11 Segment 2: Harry Potter Therapy

The Harry Potter series is full of creatures and storylines that parallel real-life adversities like depression, PTSD and grief in a heightened reality. Dr. Janina Scarlet says these stories are so powerful that she uses them to help people cope in real-life therapy sessions.

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Culture Crash 18-49: The disappointing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Last month, JK Rowling’s Wizarding World saw its latest installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes on Grindelwald be met with a low score on Rotten Tomatoes and countless disappointed Harry Potter fans across the globe.

Count me among them. Not since 2009’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film totally bungled its source material has a Wizarding World installment felt so misguided. Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t quite as bad as Half-Blood Prince, but it is poorly paced and difficult to follow, even for those who have spent their entire childhoods learning the universe forward and backward.

17-30 Segment 1: Pottermania: What we love in the Harry Potter series

  On June 26, 1997, one boy changed the world. That young boy was named Harry Potter, the famous protagonist of the seven-book series by JK Rowling. If you are unfamiliar with either of those names, there is a large chance you are living with the confundus charm. With 160 million copies sold in the … Continue reading 17-30 Segment 1: Pottermania: What we love in the Harry Potter series

17-30 Segment 2: Potter Therapy: How the Harry Potter series is being used to help treat PTSD and depression

  Elements of the Harry Potter series such as dementors and patronuses can be viewed symbolically as representative of the struggle of good versus evil. Many readers connect emotionally to Harry’s loss, struggle, and battle to fight his own demons. Clinical therapist Dr. Janina Scarlet builds on this connection by using superheroes, witches and wizards … Continue reading 17-30 Segment 2: Potter Therapy: How the Harry Potter series is being used to help treat PTSD and depression