Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut!

More Harry Potter, anyone?

cover of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemYes, yes, yes, of course. So, that’s exactly what Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are giving us with the upcoming film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find featuring Newt Scamander, the supposed author of the aforementioned textbook of Harry Potter. This film series will be penned for the silver screen by J.K. Rowling herself.

That is to say, this is authentic Harry Potter.

I could never say it better myself so here‘s what J.K. Rowling has to say about it:

“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.”

I couldn’t say it better myself so here’s J.K. Rowling’s statement:

Aren’t you glad about this?