“The Main Theme in Wizarding World”

This 2016 video is for the most part forgettable publicity B-roll and fan servicing that was released in the run-up to the release of the first Fantastic Beasts film. It does include a brief interview with J. K. Rowling, however, during which she made two comments you might want to file away for future citation: 

“I think I set out my stall (sail?) with the first sentence of the first Harry Potter book. ‘Mr and Mrs Dursley were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.’ And that set out the main theme in this whole world: ‘What is normal? And what does that mean for us who do not conform to those norms?’ Which, actually, when you start digging down, is a huge number of people.”

“I think it took me decades of my life to realize that not only did I have to be me [but] that was okay. Like a million other people, there’s nothing especially unique about this, but it’s something that I feel quite strongly and I understand readers who feel that way, who feel ‘it’s okay to be me and now I must find out what that means and how I can be the best me’.”

Hat-tip to Chris Calderon for this find!

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