Harry Potter fans rejoice! Warner Bros. has announced a new spin-off series inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by fictional author Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the first movie in a planned film series.
The book, which describes magical creatures, was used in Hagrid’s class, Care of Magical Creatures.
The movie will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which Harry Potter fans will find familiar. The book’s real author, J.K. Rowling, revealed that she didn’t like the idea at first, but she slowly became excited about it. However, this film series has almost no direct connection to the Harry Potter franchise other than the shared world.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years,” said Rowling in her statement, “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 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.”
J.K. Rowling will write the screenplay for the first movie herself, and she will have script approval for all other movies. Fantastic Beasts will also have a video game and other spin-off products. So far, no date has been set for the new series.