September 13 2013

JK Rowling to Write New Film Based in the World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

JK Rowling has agreed to write a new film set in the world of Harry Potter, but don’t consider it a prequel or a sequel.

There was a part of that always knew Rowling would return to the world of Harry Potter. Honestly, it was kind of stupid for her not to. She had stated in many interviews that she had boxes of notes for things she had only mentioned in passing in the books, and when you look at the overall mythos of the books you realize we only ever saw a tiny portion of the overall Wizarding World.

On Thursday Warner Brothers announced that Rowling has agreed to write the script to a brand new story set in this world, but it won’t have anything to do with Harry Potter himself.

Rowling explained her plans in an official statement.

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.

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.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. 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.

She’s excited about a guy who wrote a textbook? Well, alright then.

Honestly, the story that always screamed out to me to be told was the four founders of Hogwarts. Who exactly were Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin? How did they come to found the school? How did they become the symbols of the four houses that still endure to this day?

It’s Rowling’s playground to do as she pleases, but this seems like an odd basis for a single movie let alone a potential series.

No word as of yet to a potential release date of this new entry in the Harry Potter film series.

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