Getting a Bit of Harry Potter in Grimm

Hey guys. Today I want to write something unusual on my blog. I have never talked about any movie or TV series until today. Now, I want to make a review. I just finished 6 seasons of Grimm in a month and a half, thanks to Amazon Prime. Yeah, you read it right, 123 episodes in just 45 days.

I know, that sounds very fast, especially when I have work to do. Have you heard about it? It started in 2011 and ended last year, in 2017. For horror fans and those who watch Supernatural, for sure Grimm might be familiar and fun to watch.

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What’s Special about Grimm?

The main character is the Grimm itself, or what they know as Dēcapitāre (killing by cutting the head off) in other name, someone who has tasks to kill cruel and bad beasts. Then there are Wesen, good and bad, which are the creatures visible in the series and their origins come from legends and folklores in many cultures.

Not all wesen are bad. This was proven by having kind-hearted ones fighting with the main character in the movie, the Grimm. My favourite is certainly the vegetarian Blutbad (Monroe), a wesen that is also recognised as werewolf in other movies or books. Yep, vegetarian werewolf, what’s cooler than that for a fiction character?

Then there is also the term Woge, the act of changing between human and Wesen form. Wesen mostly appear in their human forms to be able to live in harmony with normal humans (kehrseite, like muggle in Harry Potter) in human’s world.

To me, it seems that the creator and producer of Grimm totally thought carefully and well about each term and character in Grimm. That must have involved a lot of research and creativity to make such thorough ideas. And think about those old books they have in the series, which all looked very real and amazing to read.

It Has Some Harry Potter in It

From when I began watching the first episode in the first season, I think it reminds me a bit of Harry Potter, especially with those beasts from legends and folklores coming to life. Why do I think that it reminds me of Harry Potter?

For starter, the main character, Nicholas Burkhardt (the main Grimm), lost his parents when he was a child and was taken care by his Aunt Marry, the sister of his mother (though thankfully, she was not like Aunt Petunia who treated Harry badly).

The auntie told Nick that his parents died in car accident, which they didn’t (just like in HP when they told Harry firstly that the parents died in car crash). Nick is also half-blood like Harry Potter, half Grimm and half human (as they mentioned that his dad was kehrseite and only her mother was Grimm).

Furthermore, it also had a lot of legends and folklores about beasts that come to life, thought and created very carefully. I seriously cannot imagine all the hard works they put to create a lot of names for all those wesen and other terms to make the stories credible (just like what I thought about the works Rowling put in her Harry Potter).

In addition, let’s talk about the trailers filled with tools, potions and amazing books about wesen and kehrseite world, how the Grimms in the past protected the society. It was like Harry Potter’s magic world if I think better for a bit. And Hexenbiest, a witch wesen who has great power in making potions and has own books filled with information about witch world, clearly completed Grimm perfectly.

In Grimm, viewers could also find what’s similar to Polyjuice Potion, something that allows you to transform exactly the same into another person physically for few hours. in Grimm, it is called Verfluchte Zwillingsschwester. Only the difference between the two, one is drunk and the other is inhaled. But, both of the potions needed something from the one that they want to transform into, like the hair for example.

Also, it had Wesen Council, which sounded like the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter, who had job to ensure the security of Wesen world among humans. Wesen council, like the Ministry of Magic who fell in book 7, also fell and was destroyed in season 5 by Black Claw (which to me seemed like Death Eaters group).

On the other hand, the group HW (Hadrian’s Wall) to me represented the Order of Phoenix in Harry Potter. And there is also Zerstörer, which was clearly like Lucifer or Voldemort: manipulative, powerful, evil and didn’t have any fear to kill. It seemed like he was cold and heartless.

Not only that, let’s talk about the “stick”, which seemed to me like a wand for wizards and witches or better, the elder wand in Harry Potter or a wand that has more power than everything else, wanted by so many witches and wizards. The “stick” in Grimm was also wanted by so many and it was hidden by other Grimms in the past to avoid that it fell into the wrong hand.

To make it even more Harry Potter like, Nick’s mother and auntie, also returned for a bit to help in final battle with Zerstorer, either as ghosts or reflections. This reminded me about Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Harry Potter’s parents who came back as reflections or ghosts to support Harry in book 7 (when he called them with the stone) as he wanted to reach Voldemort in the forbidden forest (though they didn’t help Harry to kill Voldemort).

And at the end of it, they ended it similar to Harry Potter, by fast-forwarding it to 20 years later, when the children of Nick and Adalind (a Hexenbiest), Diana and Kelly, have become adults. The epilogue of HP was 19 years later by also showing the children of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley entering the magic world as students (the beginning of HP’s 8th book).

Actually, Rowling had never thought about the 8th creation of HP. In fact, the 8th came nine years after the 7th book (2007 to 2016). So, hey, who knows, there could be also another spinoff of Grimm, by telling the stories of Diana Renard and Kelly Burkhardt plus Monroe’s and Rosalee’s triplets, who unfortunately were not shown at the end of the series. The series finished too fast and was quite forced to end in my opinion.

* Ah, and last but not least, the series also had Rupert “Bud” Ferdinand Wurstner, an Eisbiber, a beaver wesen (friend with the Grimm and Monroe the Blutbad/wolf wesen), which reminded us about Peter Pettigrew who had stronger friends too like the werewolf Lupin, Sirius Black and James Potter in Harry Potter (though luckily, Bud didn’t betray his friends like the “rat” Pettigrew).

Final Thought

Grimm should have been made into season 7 and they should have developed the character Zerstörer more than just 3 episodes. It had a great opportunity to make a super villain like Lucifer or Voldemort. Three episodes clearly were not sufficient to tell about someone as powerful as that.

They could have made episode 14-22 (in season 6) and other 22 episodes of season 7 to make the character and the story more credible and explainable as a Villain. It was only told that he was Lucifer like and needed the stick (like Harry Potter’s elder wand who once fell into Voldermort’s hand) to make him invincible and that he needed Diana as his child bride.

Why didn’t they explain more why Zerstörer needed children (as he wanted to also take Kelly) and a child bride to be with him? Why didn’t they cover more stories about the impact of Zerstörer presence in human’s world? They could have joined the power between HW (Hadrian’s Wall) and the Grimms fighting against the joined power of Zerstörer and Black Claw (as the destruction of Black Claw wasn’t explained well also) and let the final battle in season 7.

I also follow Supernatural, which has been confirmed to have season 14! However, if I can honestly speak, no matter Supernatural is really funny and cool to watch, it only revolves within angels, demons and humans without thorough and creative ideas in the terminology as well, which can be boring sometimes as it goes on to season 14.

Often, I feel that it is still alive thanks to the fame of “Sam and Dean Winchester”. But Supernatural fans, don’t get me wrong. I do like Supernatural too, though I think Grimm should have had at least 22 episodes in season 6 and one more season to make the end better.

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2 thoughts on “Getting a Bit of Harry Potter in Grimm

  1. Wow, I loved your way to show me the conections between the HP World and the magnificent Grimm. I really enjoyed to read it.

    Regards from Mexico,

    Hektor Bonilla Villegas de Borbón

    ps. Sorry for the bad English, but between my little practice and my annoying IPad corrector, this became a disaster. Have a good day.

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    1. Hi Hector,

      Thanks for commenting. Don’t worry about it. I’m also not a native speaker so maybe I do mistakes too. Really thanks for spending the time to read it!

      Hope you have a great evening! 🙂

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