Can we leave well enough alone?

If you know me on a personal level, and have for a little while, there is a strong probability you are familiar with my love of Harry Potter. I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me in what I am about to say, but to the best of my recollection, I started reading the Harry Potter books when I was in the fourth grade.

Is that a wee bit early for the average child to read these books? Yes. Was I an advanced reader for my age? Yes (humble brag).

My sister actually started exploring the Harry Potter realm before I did, and it was her own personal books I borrowed to first expose myself to Mr. Potter and his comrades. Needless to say, the books did not remain in her sole possession for long, and I quickly found myself becoming positively infatuated with J.K. Rowling’s world of all things magical.

I’ve read each of the seven novels at least six times through, and I’ve been thinking about getting back to them again as it’s been a few years since my eyes were last blessed with these pages. The Harry Potter series is what lit the literature fire under my ass and led to me pursuing English in university.

When I heard that the films are being remade as a television series, with an entirely new cast, I will be honest in admitting I was a little conflicted in my emotions regarding how to feel about this rebranding. I don’t think it is necessarily a bad idea, but I simultaneously believe the films and original cast are wonderful and should simply be left alone.

I feel the same way about the Fast and Furious franchise. And the majority of other remakes to date.

Personally, if something is done well and is received well, I don’t really understand why it needs to be remade. If the remake is because of money, that doesn’t really add up, either, considering most remakes do not do nearly as well as originals, with a few exceptions.

Can’t we just leave well enough alone?

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