The word is out: J.K. Rowling has indeed agreed to pen the spin-off film of Harry Potter, based on the related book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
"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,” Rowling said in an emailed statement from Warner Bros. Entertainment.
After the critically acclaimed film series came to an end in 2012, fans had thought they had seen the last of the wizarding world and would have to return to their usual muggle lives. But this time around, Rowling will be taking on a more prominent role in production, as she herself has taken to writing the script.
"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," she said.
Sticking true to her original statement that there would be no more Harry Potter books, Fantastic Beasts will seek to find its own, separate story. Although many would love to see the large and quirky characters they came to love, this project will share only the world with Harry Potter, attempting to develop a new, equally loved product.
Having already negotiated with Warner Bros. to adapt her standalone book, The Casual Vacancy, into a television miniseries, Rowling is back with her nose to the busy grindstone.