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Warner Bros. will work with Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling again for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a planned film series that will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
In the announcement, the studio said that the series will be based on the Hogwarts textbook from the Harry Potter universe. The lead character will be the book’s author, Newt Scamander.
In a statement, Rowling said that Warner had approached her about making a film on the fictional, magical creatures she created.
“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,” she said. “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.”
She stressed that Fantastic Beasts will not be a sequel or prequel related to Harry Potter’s story, but just an “extension of the wizarding world” introduced in the Potter series.
“I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him,” she added. “I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
Warner Bros. is the studio that released the eight Potter films based on Rowling’s seven novels. The final film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, is one of the highest grossing films of all time, making $1.3 billion worldwide.
Since Potter ended, Rowling has written The Casual Vacancy and Cuckoo’s Calling, which she wrote under a pseudonym. In December, the BBC announced plans for a Casual Vacancy miniseries.
Warner Bros. did not set a target date for the first Fantastic Beasts film.