By Remy Zerber
HBO Max just announced that they are rebooting the Harry Potter franchise and making a TV show. This announcement was made on April 12 with a video posted on their Youtube channel. HBO also announced that they are doing a rebrand and calling themselves Max. People have many opinions on the show, especially on the casting of it.
Although the characters have not been casted yet because Max just announced the reboot, people already have opinions on the casting and idea of a reboot. People don’t think anyone can replace the original actors who played Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) in the original movies. Although I love the original three actors, I think they should focus on making the new cast as book accurate as possible. That way the reboot won’t be compared to the original eight movies. The original actors aren’t getting any younger so they can’t come back and play kids again. I would love for them to play other roles like the parents of their original characters. Having the old Harry Potter actors come back would increase the likelihood of old Harry Potter fans watching because it would increase the nostalgia for them. Tom Felton, the actor who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, said he would love to come back in the reboot and I think he should play Lucius Malfoy. He is much closer in age to Lucius Malfoy now and if he were cast as the father of his original character, he would be a series regular which would be really nostalgic for Harry Potter fans. I think Ralph Fiennes should play Voldemort again. He has said he would be disappointed if he didn’t get asked to come back, especially since his performance in the original movies was really good. Harry Potter fans would be excited to see him come back, especially after seeing his performance in the original movies. People clearly care a lot about the casting of the reboot because they want it to be perfect.
Many people have strong opinions on the reboot, especially the trans community as J.K. Rowling is involved. The trans community started a war on Twitter where they attacked the controversial author. Alex Paez on Twitter wrote, “I am a Mexican and I do not support transphobic trash like J. K. Rowling.” The trans community is trying to organize a boycott of the new Harry Potter show, and in response J. K. Rowling tweeted that she doesn’t care what they think. Rowling tweeted, “Dreadful news, which I feel duty bound to share. Activists in my mentions are trying to organize yet another boycott of my work, this time of the Harry Potter TV show. As forewarned is forearmed, I've taken the precaution of laying in a large stock of champagne.”
Many people, especially the trans community, are angry about the Harry Potter reboot because JK Rowling is going to be involved. They are mad at her because she has said some transphobic things in the past. Some people want to boycott the show but she doesn’t care. Max and JK Rowling are still going to make the show even though there is controversy.
How she handles being a student-athlete and a small business owner
Images c/o TK's Candles
By Madison Sciba
What started off as a way to make money during quarantine is now a successful small business. Graduate student and softball player, TK created her small candle business, TK’s Candles, in her apartment in April 2020. Being a one-woman show, TK makes the candles, runs the website, and ships out the products all herself.
Taking us through the process of running her business, TK describes what she does once an order is placed through her website. “Once I get the order I print it out so I have a list of what it is that I need to pack.” She explains, “The candles are already made so I go to where I have them on my shelf, take one of those, wrap it up in a cute honey-comb wrap and add a bow. Then I place it in a box with a thank you card and a TK’s Candles matchbox.” TK makes all of the products herself, making them in bulk batches so they are ready to ship once she gets an order.
In describing her goals for her business, TK explains her desire to expand her audience on social media, especially on Instagram and TikTok (links below). She currently sells her products at farmers markets but wishes to attend more markets and fairs to expand her reach. Increasing her website traffic and trying to get her candles in stores are also top priorities for TK and her business.
“My end goal is to hopefully open up a storefront.” TK says, “I plan on expanding past candles, probably soaps and fragrance sprays as well.”
As a fulltime student and athlete, TK says that time management is an essential part of balancing school, practices, and running a small business. “Time management is just a skill that I have now.” She explains, “My business is a passion that I have outside of my sport and something that I enjoy when I have free time. It gives me some piece of mind. It is a hobby and a business.”
She hopes that her story and her experience as a student-athlete and a small business owner can empower other women who wish to start their own small businesses and follow their dreams.
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Madison Sciba '24,