J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter studio Warner Bros. announced that they are bringing the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to the big screen. The novel is from author Newt Scamander and exists within the Harry Potter universe that Rowling iconically created. Rowling made the announcement on her Facebook page and the world of Potter shook with excitement to its core!
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film,” Rowling said in her statement.
The concept of having another writer handle the world she invented was difficult for her so that is where the idea of Rowling making her screenwriting debut was born.
“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.”
It’s not hard to believe that after the idea from the studio sunk in, Rowling couldn’t resist coming back to the world she created that “ended” with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
“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.,” Rowling continued.
Rowling stressed that although inspired by and set in the world of Harry Potter, it is a brand new set of films.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
To which, we let the following gif speak for itself!