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Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Announce Movie Based on Harry Potter Textbook

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm by Amanda Andonian


Fans of Harry Potter rejoice! We’ll soon be returning to the wizarding world in an all new movie from J.K. Rowling, which will be inspired by the Hogwarts texbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

According to Rowling’s statement, she’d been in talks with Warner Bros. for a while regarding a movie based on the book, but just in terms of granting the rights. After considering the idea, though, she decided that it was the perfect forum for returning to the world of Harry Potter, this time by following Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The new film will be in the same world as Harry Potter, but 70 years before Harry’s story actually begins. It won’t serve as a prequel by any means, but a sidestory that details the adventures of Newt Scamander as he researches his future best-selling textbook.

Here’s JK’s full statement:

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. I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.

My initial reaction was, “How are they going to make an entire movie out of a book that’s less than 50 pages?” After reading her statement, though, I can definitely see a movie wherein Newt travels the world, encountering magical fauna, and generally having a kick-ass time. I wonder if a movie based on Quidditch Through the Ages is up next.

What do you guys think of the announcement? Are you excited for this latest foray into the wizarding world?

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    • Randy

      I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl! Bring on more textbook-based movies! How about “The Monster Book of Monsters”?

      • It may be next, who knows!

      • Chuong Nguyen

        Did someone say schoolgirl?

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