Fellow muggles, brace yourselves!
Harry Potter will return to the big screen – kind of. Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has announced a spinoff to the beloved series, which will be written by Rowling herself.
The spinoff will serve as a prequel to the multi-movie series. The film will be set 70 years before Harry and the gang ever stepped foot on Hogwarts campus. Though it won’t follow Harry, Hermoine, or Ron, the film’s star may sound familiar to true Potter heads. Newt Scamander, the author of a textbook titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be the film’s main focus. The textbook’s title will also serve as the name of the prequel film.
Although the new series is based on the Harry Potter franchise, there are some notable differences. Scamander’s story will take place in the Big Apple rather than London, but Rowling promises the laws and customs tied to the hidden magical customs in Potter’s films will remain the same. Other than that, the events in Newt’s adventures will have no direct relation to those in Harry’s and J. K. Rowling hopes they will stand alone.
Warner Bros. announced the film this morning, stating that it would be the first in a new series. They’ve promised the film will feature many familiar faces and creatures.
“I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about,” Rowling said in a statement. “And this is it.”
This will be the first movie produced from a screenplay written by J. K. Rowling herself.
We can hardly wait!
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