Everyone has wondered if the world of "Harry Potter" would ever continue past "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," but it appeared as if things were done. Well, they were wrong. The Guardian revealed on Sept. 12, 2013, that Warner Bros. announced they are working on a new franchise, with author JK Rowling, based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
For those not familiar with the that particular subject, it was the name of the first-year textbook that Harry Potter used at Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
The book was actually published by Rowling back in 2001 and it was done for the Comic Relief charity. The idea behind it was that it was the actual copy of the textbook used by Potter and written by "Newt Scamander."
Scamander is set to become the focus character in the new film, "Fantastic Beasts." Rowling is going to work on the screenplay and there is the hope that the first movie will continue on into a franchise.
"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 ... Newt's story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry's gets underway." - statement from JK Rowling
Warner Bros. CEO, Kevin Tsujihara said:
"We are incredibly honoured that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses... We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us."
Warner Bros. apparently approached Rowling about the project, and she made it a point to let them know she wanted to be involved. She said that the "Harry Potter" universe is something she is "very protective" of, and doesn't want it to be in another writer's hands.