J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. to Bring Hogwarts Textbook ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ to Big Screen
We all knew it was only a matter of time before J.K. Rowling took us back to that wonderful world of Harry Potter. Thankfully, this isn’t some reboot of the entire series or just an animated retelling of the story. J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have teamed up to bring us the story of Newt Scamander and his Hogwarts’ textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Rowling will take a crack at writing her first screenplay for the movie so we know the love and care she’s always held for the series will be safely protected. Rowling talked about the project saying,
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.
Now that opens a lot of opportunities to see some of the younger versions of the older characters in Harry Potter’s world, perhaps a young Albus Dumbledore?
Warner Bros. also plans on developing the new series into a video game, along with the usual toys and tie-ins. You can expect an expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks to include the new characters, locations and fabulous beasts.
Warner Bros Chief Executive Officer Kevin Tsujihara was clearly excited saying,
We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses. She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.
You can bet they’ll want to milk this cash cow for as long as they can. If you listen closely you can almost hear the cash crinkle. The good news is that Rowling’s history of standing firm for her creations means we can at least expect a quality production.
What do you think about the whole thing? Is it too soon?