As we’ve all mourned the end of the Harry Potter series two years ago (R.I.P.), it’s probably safe to say that this news will make all you inspiring wizards beam with excitement. Author J.K. Rowling announced today that she’ll be making her screenwriting debut with a brand new Harry Potter spin-off film series. Yup, she’s baaack!
Making the announcement via Facebook, J.K. explains how the idea of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being turned into a feature film came about and why she decided to step into the shoes of its screenwriter! In case you’ve been living under a rock and aren’t a part of the wonderful world of Potter, the film is inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name and will surround its author, Newt Scamander.
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“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film,” she wrote. “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 never married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.”
She continued, “As I considered Warners’ proposal, the idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.”
So what exactly can we expect from the Fantastic Beasts film series, besides the fact that it’ll be pretty epic? As we said, it will focus on Newt, the author of the Hogwarts textbook and will take place 70 years prior to Harry Potter in New York City.
We’ll be waiting some time to catch our first glimpse at the HP spin-off, but we have a feeling it’ll be well worth the wait!
Are you so excited for J.K.’s new series?
Or will it be hard to live up to Harry Potter?