Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced on Thursday that the world of “Harry Potter” will be expanding with a new spin-off series of films. It’s important to note that the films are going to be set in author J.K. Rowling’s magical universe, but they probably won’t include much in the way of the original “Harry Potter” series.
“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,” she revealed in her statement. “The laws and customs of 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.”
In the press release, there were a few additional details about the new film including the inspiration: the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Written by fictional author Newt Scamander, the textbook was used in the Care of Magical Creatures class, which Hagrid taught in the third novel. The book was also later written and published, albeit in the real world, by Rowling in 2001.
” ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ will be an original story,” Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, said in a statement. “It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be Rowling’s first foray into screenwriting, and as she disclosed in a statement, she was very hesitant to turn the textbook into a spin-off film. We’re excited, like most “Harry Potter” fans, that she decided to move forward with the new project and can’t wait to see how it progresses. Besides becoming a series of films, Mr. Tsujihara also mentioned video games along with an attraction within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at theme parks run by Universal Parks and Resorts were possible.