J.K. Rowling will write the screenplay for a film adaptation of the Potter book 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' and the movie will center on the adventures of textbook author Newt Scamander.
Hold onto your wizard (and witch) hats, Harry Potter fans.
A new “Potter”-themed movie series is coming and will be inspired by the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a stand-alone book set in the Potter universe that was written by J.K. Rowling. Fans will remember that in the magical world, “Fantastic” is a textbook assigned to some Hogwarts students.
The new film series will be inspired by the book “and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander,” according to Warner Bros., the movie studio behind the Harry movies and the new films.
“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,” Rowling, who will be writing the screenplay, said in a statement. “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.” (Potter fans usually pinpoint the first "Potter" book at having taken place in the early 1990s. Does this mean a 1920s-set film?)