Wands at the ready, as a new “Harry Potter” movie is confirmed and already in the works with none author than talented author JK Rowling at the helm, and starring Newt Scamander as a primary character. The Guardian confirms this Friday, Sept. 13, that Rowling will be working on the latest “Harry Potter” flick from a spinoff of one of her smaller books, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
It was Warner Bros. Studios, the movie makers behind the hit Potter films, that first announced a new silver screen series would be coming from none author than JK Rowling, using “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” as a primary guide for the book. The small novel itself is much less of a story as it is an anthology of all of Rowling’s magical creatures (something that Hagrid would no doubt love and keep in his own bag), as it tells about everything from Boggarts and Blast-Ended Skrewts to Acromantulas and Centaurs.
JK Rowling actually published “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” as a standalone book for charity back in 2001, and made it so that the book actually looks like Harry Potter’s own copy from his first year of school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Essentially, the book is something Hagrid or author Newt Scamander would know well: a “magizoology: guide of the study of various magical creatures.
It will be Newt Scamander, the author of this book, who will play a central role in the new movie, early rumors suggest. Rowling will be a key player on writing the screenplay, and hopes that it will help make the “Harry Potter” movie and book franchise that much bigger (if that is even possible).
It is important to note that this upcoming film by Warner Bros. won’t be a prequel or a sequel, for that matter, to the original “Harry Potter” series. (As such, sadly, it almost certainly won’t feature Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, or Ron Weasley, our favorite trio.) Instead, it will serve as a spinoff film that exposes readers and filmgoers to even more of the magical world of “Harry Potter.” Said Rowling in a recent statement:
"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."
"The idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realised by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it ... 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 Warner Bros. CEO is very happy with this new “Harry Potter” movie that’s underway, as it is sure to bring not only great success for the studio, but for many happy fans.
"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."
Are you excited about the potential for a new “Harry Potter” film? Did you enjoy the original “Harry Potter” movies? What are you looking forward to most on JK Rowling’s latest project?
Talk of a different "Harry Potter" mini-movie at Universal Studios starring the original cast is also in the works at the moment, so we Hogwarts fans have a lot to be happy about!