HARRY POTTER Fans Rejoice! More Movies on the Way….Sort of
Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming. As a life long Harry Potter fan, I’m hopelessly excited about the news that we’ll be revisiting the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling is working with Warner Bros. again to bring the fictional textbook from the series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Seamander to the screen. This isn’t a prequel to the story that unfolds in the Harry Potter series, but rather an extension of the magical world we’ve come to love in the series.
Here’s what J.K. Rowling had to say about the project:
“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.
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.“
The most exciting prospect of this story is the fact that it takes place in the earlier days of the magical community and in New York, USA. While the Harry Potter story unfolded over 7 books and 8 movies, we rarely saw outside the English magical community. Now we’ll get a peek in to how magic was dealt with and hidden in the US and hopefully beyond, since the book highlights creatures from across the globe. It will also mark the first time Rowling will write for the screen. While her books are favorites of mine, I can imagine having a limit on page numbers/minutes for the film will prove a challenge for the talented writer.
As a fan, I’m ecstatic about this news, but I’m sure Warner Bros. is glad to have another practically guaranteed moneymaker on their schedule. While Twilight and countless others have tried to duplicate its success, it still remains at the top of the heap.
Are you excited about the idea of revisiting the wizarding world?