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Harry Potter spinoff movie: 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

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The Harry Potter movies have altogether grossed over $7.7 billion at the box office alone, so it was always hard to imagine that Warner Bros. would keep such a lucrative franchise on the shelf for long. Sure enough, it only took two years from the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for the studio to announce that J.K. Rowling is writing a spin-off movie based on the series’ spin-off book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and its author Newt Scamander.

“Fantastic Beasts” is mentioned in the main novels as one of the textbooks that Harry and his friends study at Hogwarts, but in 2001, Rowling published a 42-page version of it in aid of the charity Comic Relief. The movie will feature Newt as the protagonist and will presumably be all about his adventures in the field of magizoology.

Newt Scamander is more than just the next big hero of the onscreen wizarding world, however; he’s also a registered trademark. Bleeding Cool reports that Warner Bros. has been covering a number of trademark bases, not only for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but also for other spin-off books within the Harry Potter franchise. Newt Scamander himself and the book’s title are naturally on the list of freshly registered trademarks, but they’re not alone.

“The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” which was also written and published as a spin-off book by Rowling, is another name that has been trademarked. One of the stories from the book, “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and the animation for it was highly praised by many critics. Perhaps Warner Bros. might commission further animations of the other tales, either for independent release or inclusion in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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