Get excited, Potterheads! There’s a new project in the works from J.K. Rowling and if you’re anything like us, you’ll take whatever you can get.
Rowling has posted on her official Facebook page that she is making her screenwriting debut on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which is the “first in a new film series” that is part of a creative partnership between Rowling and Warner Bros.
The films will be inspired by the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and will feature Newt Scamander, who is the author of the textbook in the Potterverse.
“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,” writes Rowling. “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.”
The movies will be set in the “worldwide community of witches and wizards” known as the Potterverse, but it is “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series.” It is merely an extension of the wizarding world.
“Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.” Oooh, intriguing!
The Facebook post very specifically says “films” (plural), but there is no word as to whether it will just be a series based on “Fantastic Beasts” or if perhaps other expansion projects will be made. What if “Quidditch Through the Ages” was also developed into a film of some sort?!
Sorry! Getting ahead of ourselves! As you can tell, we are terribly excited.