J.K. Rowling to Write Harry Potter-Based Screenplay — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Muggles and wizards across the world are rejoicing today. No, it’s not the day the Dark Lord was vanquished (that was decades ago, you tosspot!), but today famed Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, has made a rather magical announcement.
The British writer posted on her official Facebook page that she will be making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. For those of you squibs who aren’t fully versed in the realm of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Fantastic Beasts is the name of one of the students’ official textbooks, which J.K. Rowling, er, we mean “Newt Scamander” penned in 2001.
“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,” J.K. wrote on her Facebook page. “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 story will center around the textbook’s author, Newt Scamander, and Ms. Rowling is set to pen the film’s screenplay for Warner Bros.
“The idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult,” she continued. “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.”
Hopefully this new film will warm us to the idea of Rolf and Luna since everyone is still scratching their Sorting Hats over J.K.’s failure to put the blond-haired Ravenclaw with unsung hero Neville Longbottom at the end of the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter plot resentments aside, this is the biggest news for Potterheads since the announcement of J.K.’s interactive website Pottermore, which turned out to be an epic disappointment for many fans.
Since the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in 2007, the writer has released two other books —Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling, which she penned under the name Robert Galbraith.
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