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‘Harry Potter’ spinoff begins to take shape

Harry Potter 'Deathly Hollows' in reflection
Harry Potter 'Deathly Hollows' in reflection
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On Sunday the image of the Harry Potter spinoff began to take shape in a New York Times ‘profile’ of Warner Bros. CEO, Kevin Tsujihara. While the official announcement that J.K. Rowling was writing a script for the spinoff was released last year, no one was quite sure how that spinoff would manifest, or how it would connect to what we know of the Harry Potter universe so far. Now, we have a clearer picture of what to expect.

Harry Potter spinoff will not be about Harry Potter.

The planned trilogy of “mega-movies” will not connect to the storyline of Harry Potter directly, but rather, take on a new main character, Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the Hogwart’s textbook, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in the same fictional universe, the spinoff will take place 70 years before the Harry Potter story that we know.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released in 2001 as a real book to support the charity organization Comic Relief. Publicized as a “companion’s guide” to the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is one of two books published by Rowling to support the charity. The other was Quidditch Through The Ages.

The details of the storyline for the Harry Potter spinoff are a closely guarded secret, but we do know that it begins in New York City. Given the timeframe of the Harry Potter universe, the spinoff should take place in the 1930s.