Warner Bros. and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling are going to try to catch lightning in a bottle again.
The Hollywood movie studio and best-selling writer have unveiled a new agreement to make movies based on Rowling's work. While Harry Potter may be over, the witches and wizards that can be found in Potter's Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," along with the adventures of fictitious author Newt Scamander will live on.
"'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,” Rowling said in a statement. “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, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”
Rowling will write the screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which Warner Bros. said would be the first movie of a new franchise.
Not shocking at all although I expected the next Harry Potter venture to be in book form and then go to movies although I suppose that could happen eventually with something that takes place after Deadly Hollows.
I have to admit though I really like the idea of 70 years prior since that puts us right smack into WWII. We know Hitler had the Nazi's going for supernatural artifacts and experiments so it would be pretty easy to have them get involved into this at some point.