Holy cricket! Harry Potter fans got a big surprise today when Warner Bros. announced that another movie set in the Harry Potter movie world is being made, and author J.K. Rowling will be writing the script. The film is inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen 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,” said Rowling. “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 are incredibly honored 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,” said Tsujihara. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”
When the Harry Potter franchise ended I thought that would be it. Warner Bros. made billions from the films and many assumed that with no new books, there would be no new films. Although surprising, turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a new film series makes a lot of sense for Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter world which is adored by millions can continue, but they can create something completely different to what has come before.
What do Potter fans think of this development?