Dec 02, 2016 09:57 AM EST

'Fantastic Beasts' The Most Interesting 'Harry Potter' Universe Film: Box Office Breaker, Dumbledore's Possible Return, Parallels With Rivals

By JC Santos

It would seem "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" main character Newt Scamander is someone "Harry Potter" fans could love and adore just like they did Harry and the trio of heroes in the eponymous universe of the young lad. The movie's worldwide box office had just passed the $500 million mark at an approximate total of $505 million.

According to Cinemablend.com, they estimate that "Fantastic Beasts" has earned a total of $505 million from the worldwide box office. "Fantastic Beasts" is more than just a profitable film -- setting aside its box-office achievements -- given that this is the first time "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling entered screenwriting, meaning she did excellent in her first try. It would also mean a new franchise and a new universe to play with for the author.

It may also be J.K. Rowling's chance to return Dumbledore. According to The Guardian, the "Harry Potter" universe -- as they would suggest for Marvel and other franchise films -- had stereotyped Albus Dumbledore as "the old, troubled gay man who dies alone and unloved." Speculations about his return in "Fantastic Beasts" could help raise the diversity of characters in the "Harry Potter" universe.

According to some critics, "Harry Potter" is similar to many other franchises including "Star Wars" and its complete episode count up to Episode 7. In fact, some compared both "Fantastic Beasts" and "Episode 1: The Phantom Menace", pointing out that both had followed "playbook" moves that guarantee audience satisfaction and box-office records.

Playbook moves or not, the movie is a springboard to future films in the other side of the "Harry Potter" universe. Everyone anticipates a younger Albus Dumbledore, histories of certain characters and origins of certain places to come out from the sequels. For more news about "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2" and everything else "Harry Potter", stay tuned!

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