Most of us woke up to the big news that JK Rowling and Warner Brothers were going to do a collaboration that will lead to a new film series set in the Harry Potter Universe. Rowling will try her hand at screenwriting, but she won’t be screenwriting just any old film: she will be writing the script for an upcoming movie series based on one of the books she wrote in the Harry Potter Universe: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.
The films, even though they are set in the Harry Potter universe, will probably not feature Harry and his friends, especially since Rowling had said in many interviews that Harry’s story was, essentially, finished. It seemed, however, that she had left the door open to revisit Harry’s universe if the right project were to come along. It’s very possible this is the project.
The ‘author’ of Fantastic Beasts was Newt Scamander, a Magizoologist and one of the Headmasters of Hogwarts, the school that also educated Harry Potter and his friends. The new film series would centre around Scamander and his adventures.
I’ll let JK Rowling tell her story:
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
“As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
“I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
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