It looks like J.K. Rowling will be diving back into the world of witches and wizards.
It was just announced that Rowling has teamed up with Warner Bros. for her very first screenwriting endeavor; a film adaption of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. For any hard-core Harry Potter fans out there, you’ll remember that this was one of Harry’s textbooks from Hogwarts. However, the new film will not include any characters from the franchise that made Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson household names.
For a more detailed description of what to expect, check out Rowling’s own words regarding the project from her Facebook page:
"It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. 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. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.”
"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."
"Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, 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. 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, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”
The New York Times reported that Warner Bros had struck a deal with Rowling today that would include “new movies, distribution rights to a television miniseries and new theme park attractions.”
For fans of Rowling and Harry Potter, this should come as some very exciting news! Get yourselves ready for another fantastical treat for the brilliant mind of Ms. Rowling and her wizarding world!