Wizard World Update : J.K. Rowling Creating 'Fantastic Beasts' Trilogy for New Harry Potter World
Mar 31, 2014 4:25PM
Still sobbing over the end of the Harry Potter books and films? Well, good news—J.K. Rowling is creating a new trilogy for the Harry Potter world!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them, the 54-page 2001 textbook featured in the Hogwarts School, will be turned into a spin-off. But that’s not all.
Warner Brothers is planning “three mega movies” for the adaptation, according to The New York Times, and Rowling will be writing the screenplay.
“When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” Rowling said about Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”
Tsujihara has announced the films will be set seven decades before the start of Harry Potter’s story and will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander, who is part of the wizarding world.
“'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,” J.K. wrote on her Facebook page last year.
“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”
We want to know: How excited are you over this announcement?