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J. K. Rowlings new Harry Potter spinoff will be a trilogy

New Harry Potter spinoff will be a trilogy.
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Last year Warner Brothers announced the J. K. Rowling was working on a script for a Harry Potter spinoff titled 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' Today, the New York Times revealed that this new spinoff is going to be a trilogy. The times said that 'three megamovies are planned.'

While some reports are that it wasa abit of a hard sell to get Rowling to produce a spinoff, it turns out that a draft had been previously written. Although she wasn't planning on doing anything with the draft, she quickly went to work rewriting it shortly after being approached by the studio.

In a recent interview for Wonderland Magazine, Ms. Rowling told Emma Watson, 'When Warner Brothers came to me and said they wanted to make a film out of the book I had this simultaneous feeling of 'it has potential,' and another feeling of slight panic.'

The story is set 70 years before the Harry Potter stories, but the studio says that it is not a prequel to the Potter series, because it is not directly connected to Harry Potter. The movies will focus on Newt Scamander, who is an expert on magical creatures.

The studio is keeping a lid on the details of "Magical Beasts,' other than to say that the story begins in New York City sometime in the 1930's.

If these movies can recapture some of the excitement of the Harry Potter franchise, fans may be in for a treat when they are finally released.