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My opinion runs a bit better than yours (I think the Dry in the Senate is a sign that this is a different world from ours and indeed a grimmer one; the Kremlinesque qualities, besides the British tendency to see the old superpowers as more like each other than either wanted to admit, is really inveighing against Modernism in general -- there's a Fordist edge to MACUSA) but what we definitely share is throwing our emotional weight between Jake and Queenie. That absent-minded little gesture of Jake's at the end is the surest sign of Rowling's old favorite argument that love is the strongest magic, and I will not be brooked from my opinion that those two are going to be the Loving v. Virginia of American magical law. They sure deserve to be. And you might say a little more that the inerds of Newt's not-a-TARDIS-at-all-move-along-quietly suitcase are, well, genuinely wondrous.

Also, as one who's been sorted that way by Pottermore and saw the film with his identically-sorted fourteen year old second daughter, I would just like to point out Newt's antique-styled Hufflepuff scarf and say REPRESENT. I want a SAM GAMGEE WAS A HUFFLEPUFF T-shirt from somewhere. And no, just because he's the true hero of the Ringbearing saga does not require him to be a Gryffindor manqué. It's his immoveable, inherent decency, his groundedness even in the face of the end of the world (or so it seems on Mount Doom), that makes him a Hufflepuff's Hufflepuff. Plus he's a gardener and, Neville Longbottom excepted, we know where they sort...

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