Harry Potter fans rejoiced a few weeks ago when news that Warner Bros and J.K. Rowling would be working on a new film based on the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. David Heyman produced all eight of the original Harry Potter films and gave fans some insight into what the film will offer.
Heyman will be producing the new film as well and said that although Rowling had not turned in the final manuscript for the film, that he knows she is very excited about it. “She’s not doing it for any other reason other than she loves the world and she had a story that she wanted to tell,” he said.
He also wanted to make sure that Harry Potter fans understand that they will not be seeing the familiar character Harry, Hermione and Ron and that the new film is based on a world like the one in Harry Potter, but offers a completely different storyline.
“It’s incredibly exciting,” he continued. “This is not Harry Potter. This is not Harry, Ron, and Hermione. This is a separate story within a universe related to the Potter universe.”
The main character is the new film is Newt Scamander. Heyman said that many fans want to know what kind of creature Newt will encounter during the film. “You better believe I brought up quintapeds and lethifolds,”Heyman demured. “We follow Newt on his adventures,” he said, grinning.
Rowling wrote “Fantastic Beasts” and “Quidditch Through the Ages” for charity back in 2001. “Tales of Beetle the Bard” is a book of children’s stories referenced in “Harry Potter,” also published for charity in 2008.
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