J.K. Rowling will make her screenwriting debut with an adaptation of her spin-off from the Harry Potter Series, ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.”
It was in 2011 that the final chapter in the Harry Potter franchise, The Deathly Hallows Part 2 hit cinemas, smashing box-office records when it took millions on its opening day. It was also the year that many thought was the end for the magical tales of the boy wizard. But we were wrong.
Today, news broke that J.K. Rowling will write the script to a story based in the Harry Potter universe that was initially published to raise money for Comic Relief alongside, “Quidditch Through The Ages.” Once again, Warner Bros will be backing the project.
The book was less a story and more of a compendium of mythical monsters and bizarre beasts written by the fictional Newt Salamander, a man with a keen interest in the care of magical creatures. In a statement released today, Rowling was stated:
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 favorite 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.”
This film is the first in a planned series from the production company behind the original 7 movies. This year also saw the release of Rowling’s first adult novel, the best-seller, The Casual Vacancy, which has been adapted into a TV series by the BBC that begins production in 2014.