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2016 HAS BEEN the biggest year for the Harry Potter universe since the book series ended in 2007. In April, its Universal Studios theme park expanded to Hollywood; over the summer, a stage prequel debuted in London, with a story courtesy of J.K. Rowling herself. And now comes the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a fictional textbook Potter and his classmates studied at Hogwarts. But all this fan service—known in more cynical circles as “brand expansion”—has caused the world that Rowling created to sag under its own weight.
ABCnews.com reports that “UK Witches Upset by Harry Potter Broomstick Style.” Hollywood studio Warner Bros. has had a spell cast on it for showing apprentice wizard Harry Potter riding his broomstick with the brush part at the back. Kevin Carlyon, a high priest of British White Witches said broomsticks should be ridden the other way around, and has wished for the film to do poorly at the box office until the studio admits it got it wrong. “Woodcuts from the 16th and 17th centuries show broomsticks being ridden with the brush part in the front,” he added.