Harry Potter fans rejoice. Warner Bros. has announced that J.K. Rowling will be writing the screenplay for a Harry Potter movie spinoff. The movie is based on the short book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which Rowling wrote under the name of Newt Scamanda, and was meant to be a facsimile of one of Harry Potter’s textbooks.
Here is what J.K. Rowling had to say about the Harry Potter movie spinoff:
“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 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. 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.”
This will be J.K. Rowlings first screenplay. I am so excited about it. I can’t wait to check out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I know that we will not be seeing the Harry Potter characters, but it will be exciting to be brought back into the world of witches and wizards as only J.K. Rowling can create it. This Harry Potter movie spinoff might just get a whole new generation of kids excited to read the Harry Potter series and I’m all for anything that makes tweens want to read.