Need more Hogwarts in your life? Well J.K. Rowling is back to deliver just that.
If one is of the cynical variety, this move could be seen as purely a money making one but to the fan who have been mourning the end of new content involving their favorite School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this is the best news ever.J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has signed on to pen a spinoff of the novels, starring Newt Scamander who is the author of the Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Rowling herself made the announcement via her Facebook page earlier this morning.
“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.”
Although it isn’t the Marauders movie that many fans were hoping for, it is a Harry Potter universe spinoff which, to be honest, is better than no spinoff at all.
What say you? Excited about the return to Hogwarts? Wish it was a Marauders story or are you happy it’s anything Harry Potter related at all? Sound off in the comments below!