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Best addition to the 'Harry Potter' universe: 'Fantastic Beasts' or 'The Cursed Child'?

"Fantastic Beasts" returns to theaters in November 2018 after a two-year sabbatical. As fans await the next revealing addition, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," to the "Harry Potter" universe, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” continues to sell out performances on Broadway, currently ranking as the most expensive show on the market. Of course, everyone is glad both extensions of the "Harry Potter" world exist, but which is the best addition? 

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"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them" follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, the eventual author to the movie's namesake and classic Hogwarts textbook. On Nov. 16, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" will hit theaters–the second of five "Fantastic Beasts" installments. 

The original "Fantastic Beasts" was not perfect, but the film holds a 74 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it certainly provided Harry Potter fans with a much-needed magical fix. In doing so, "Fantastic Beasts" deserves recognition and praise. Following the film's release, BBC's Nicholas Barber wrote: 

When [the characters] are dashing around New York together, from Central Park Zoo to a goblin speakeasy, the film is a frantically energetic, sometimes scary caper which glows with romance, wonder and good-natured humor.
Almost every scene has something ingenious and beautifully designed for you to gasp at, and the supernatural hijinks are all underpinned by Rowling’s sincere pro-tolerance message. 
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"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" took the stage on July 30, 2016, the day before Harry Potter's birthday. The two-part stage play picks up where the epilogue of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" leaves off, giving fans an in-depth view into Harry, Ron, and Hermione's life after Hogwarts. 

Given the transition from movie screen to theater stage, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" provides Potterheads with a new frontier of magical experience (for those lucky enough to see the show, that is). The New York Times' Ben Brantley writes of the play: 

In embodying the magical with such seeming spontaneity, “Cursed Child” becomes the new gold standard for fantasy franchise entertainment on Broadway.
It’s a process that involves folding stories into stories into stories, collapsing years into minutes and making dreams feel eternal, and more vivid than reality...a series of scenes melt into one another, approximating cinematic cross-cutting, while managing to feel both epic and intimate.
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In both extensions of the "Harry Potter" universe, critics lament how packed each script is with references and tributes to the original "Harry Potter" books, reporting that it can be hard to keep up, especially if moviegoers have yet to read the books. 

For those less likely to read or reread a seven-book series on an annual basis, "Fantastic Beasts" is a much more accessible invitation into the beloved magical world than "Cursed Child." No matter how much fans love Harry Potter, and regardless of whether or not they have read the books, a Broadway theater performance is not something that most people will be able to experience. Of course, everyone can purchase the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" published script, but it doesn't take a theatre aficionado to know that in this case, being in the room is much different than seeing the words on the page. 

"Fantastic Beasts" is for the masses, while "Cursed Child" is reserved for a lucky minority. In this next installment of "Fantastic Beasts," fans anticipate flashbacks for Newt, Dumbledore, and Grindelwald, hopefully answering some long-held questions about the origins of some of the series' most beloved characters, while also providing an easy entry point for new fans. For this reason, the five-part "Fantastic Beasts" series will be the gift that keeps on giving. 

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But "Cursed Child" holds its own promise. Not only is the stage play expected to premiere in cities around America, but the story could also be adapted as a film, if Rowling herself is convinced. 

"Fantastic Beasts" is more of an interesting history lesson, while "Cursed Child" appeals to fanatical questions about Harry's future after "The Deathly Hallows," answering long-awaited "what if" questions for fans, regardless if they are able to see the play or not. 

"The Cursed Child" opens the door to Harry's future, and of course, his children's future, and for that reason, reigns as the best addition to the "Harry Potter" universe. 

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