MANILA, Philippines – Harry Potter fans, sit down now. Wands out!
Back in September 2013, we heard that Harry Potter series author JK Rowling was working with Warner Bros on the movie version of Potter spinoff called Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them, a book by Rowling released in 2001.
The New York Times has reported that fans can expect 3 “megamovies” set in the same magical world that Harry Potter was introduced to when he learned he was a wizard, though these new stories won’t be set in his time.
The New York Times feature, a profile on Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara, went on to detail that Tsujihara played a key role in convincing Rowling to work on the film projects.
“When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” Rowling told the New York Times.
Fantastic Beasts features “magizoologist” Newt Scamander as the protagonist. In September 2013, JK Rowling said in a statement that the story, “neither a prequel nor a sequel,” will begin in New York, about 70 years before Harry Potter’s time.
In the same statement, Rowling expressed fondness for the Newt character – Newt’s grandson Rolf ended up marrying Luna Lovegood, one of Harry’s friends at Hogwarts and a key player in the fight against the Dark Lord, Voldemort.
Fans will remember that Fantastic Beasts was actually one of the textbooks purchased by Harry Potter before starting his very first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he met best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and ultimately where he met his destiny and faced his power-mad adversary once and for all.
Very few details have been released about the film, but this information will likely have the legions of Potter fans around the world anticipating (and speculating on) developments as the film moves into production.
Are you jumping for joy over the news? What do you think of having 3 more magical movies? Tell us in the comments section below. – Rappler.com