If you were among the millions in the world devastated by the end of the Harry Potter book and film series, then take heart. The wizarding world of Harry Potter will be back onscreen in no time! (Just without Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the gang.)
We know, it sounds crazy. How can you have a “Harry Potter” movie without Harry Potter and co.? If you’re a devoted fan, then maybe you already know…
J.K. Rowling is teaming up with Warner Bros. to develop a new film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, one of the textbooks Harry and his classmates read at Hogwarts. By the title you can probably guess what the book is about. The film series will bring the book’s supposed author, Newt Scamander, to the forefront, cataloging his adventures in the same magical world Harry and the gang call home.
As Rowling said in a press release:
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 I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
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 Harry Potter phenomenon is so pervasive, so ingrained at this point, we wonder if the world has even conceptualized yet how much the series has changed our culture. Sure, you could say, “It’s just a kid’s book! It’s a fad!” But then you remember that this “fad” has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, available in 73 languages, and it persists in popularity even 15 years after the first book was published. Sometimes it’s hard to know the impact a book will have in the years to come.
Whether you’re a fan of the books or not, who doesn’t love a good fantasy movie? We look forward to whatever magic Rowling and Warner Bros. come up with together – witches, monsters, broomsticks and all!
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