J.K. Rowling Returns to World of Harry Potter with 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movieJ.K Rowling is returning to the world of Harry Potter on the big screen as she will begin drafting the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook of the same name and will follow the adventures of the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.

The story will serve as something of a prequel to the Potter series, but a spin-off in the same sense as Newt's story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry's gets underway. The plan, obviously, is to create a new film series.

Rowling issued a lengthy statement in the press release announcing project saying:

"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."

In addition to the film series, Fantastic Beasts will also be developed across the Studio's video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses, including enhanced links with Pottermore.com, Rowling's digital online experience built around the Harry Potter stories.

Rowling has yet to write the screenplay so a production date is out of the question, though I wouldn't be surprised to see this on WB's 2016 slate.

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    This will be the greatest discrepancy between marketability of title and gross profit in the history of cinema.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/topyxyz/ topyxyz

    I think it's a good way to explore more about the wizarding world without really impacting the original series. I'd rather they keep that one untouched, at least for another decade or two.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    I'm pretty excited by this, I like the world of Harry Potter, both in book and movie form, so it should be pleasant.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    You're going to hear J.K. Rowling's name in the marketing more often then you saw M. Night Shyamalan's in The Village

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Torryz/ Torryz

    I love the movies and the books but this smells like a cash grab.

    • Sadman

      I thought so too, but it can't really be a cash grab for Rowling. She donates whatever she makes from the films to charity. Maybe for WB though...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    If Rowling's involved it might work. I'd probably be more dubious if this was being done by WB without her. Even though it is kinda like a 'keep the money coming' type deal. However, as it won't feature Harry Potter (or seems unlikely it will) they might not wanna blow too much cash making it just in case the audience is a little less enthused for somethinh without him, even if it is set in the same universe.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Yes!! Finally more films set in the HP universe!!

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    The forces driving this project into production appear to be genuine and eager to to give us a great film, so count me in.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Over / under: $50 million WB is paying Rowling for this script. Seriously. The cast won't cost anything and they're clearly desperate for more franchises.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Hmmm... I'm cautious, but Rowlings involvement makes me less pessimistic.