Fans followed, rejoiced and cried while watching the Harry Potter series come to life on the big screen. Rowling had put together an amazing world of wizards and magic and the supernatural. When the final film premiered, fans clamored for more. Well, fans are getting their wish!
J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros have teamed up to adapt the Hogwarts text book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as a major feature film. The film will be about the books writer Newt Scamander. This film will be Rowling’s first screenplay and is expected to be the jumping off point for an entire series based on the wizarding world fans grew to love in the Harry Potter films.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 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,” said Rowling, in a statement. “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, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”
Scamander was first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. He was one of Hogwarts former headmasters and his image even popped up in a few living portraits! Scamander had been an expert Magizoologist — a student of magical creatures — ever since a childhood fascination with hippogriffs and he went on to work for the Ministry of Magic. Beginning in 1918, he spent nearly a decade researching and writing Fantastic Beasts, traveling to every corner of the globe in his spare time to research the wizarding world’s most fascination creatures.
This is the full statement released to EW by J.K. Rowling herself!
“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 ofFantastic 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 17 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, 70 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.”
So Potter fans, what do you think about this new wizarding venture? I for one am excited to see how this comes to fruition!