Good news Potter fans. Warner Bros. today announced that it will be producing a new series of movies based on the Harry Potter world. The studio has signed an agreement with Potter author J.K. Rowling to adapt her spin-off Potter book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for theaters.
The movie adaptation will not feature Harry Potter himself, though it will be set in the same world filled with wizards and muggles. The fictitious author of Fantastic Beasts, Newt Scamander, will be the focus of the movie, set 70 years before the birth of the boy who lived. According to Warner Bros., the movie will feature “magical creatures and characters,” and the studio even teased that there will be characters “familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.”
“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,” said Rowling. “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.”
In addition to the new movie, the agreement Rowling signed with Warner Bros. covers other consumer and digital products. The “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme parks will be expanded as well as the popular Pottermore website. New Harry Potter-themed video games are also a possibility.
“We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” said Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”