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New Potter Franchise

70 Years before HPATSS

By Robert T. Trate     September 12, 2013
Source: EW

Warner Brothers has announced that they are not through with the Harry Potter Universe. This morning J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers announced plans to adapt the text book:  “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” into a cinematic adventure. The film will feature the fictitious book’s ,Newt Scamander, author as the lead. 

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 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, in a statement.  “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, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Scamander has been a fixture of the Potter Universe since the first film/ book. He was featured on one of the portraits and even mentioned as being a former headmaster of the school. Scamander was an expert Magizoologist — a student of magical creatures.
 
Here is Rowling's full statement: “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 ofFantastic 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 17 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, 70 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.”

 

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monkeyfoot 9/12/2013 8:51:13 AM

Sounds like a great idea. I've never read the books but this does seem like a character and concept that could be expanded on. Though they do run the danger of making a film the public will take poorly to in comparison to the originals.

ElBaz13 9/12/2013 10:37:05 AM

And then WB will get the director to split it into 3 movies to milk it as much as they can.

 

thezillaman 9/12/2013 11:13:44 AM

 my kids and I we are all over it not even red box no matter how much money this makes, just not original and interesting anymore.. 

momitchell7 9/12/2013 12:13:23 PM

This sounds cool... The "Harry Potter" universe is always a very fun one to visit.

almostunbiased 9/12/2013 1:08:18 PM

I'll wait for a trailer, but I bet it does well in the theaters.

HomestarRunner 9/12/2013 2:28:56 PM

To be followed by an film adaptation of Quidditch Through the Ages, I suppose.

BunyonSnipe 9/12/2013 5:45:34 PM

I might be fun to see other things in this universe, too... The founding of Hogwarts, etc. or famous historical events through the eyes of wizards...

 

blankczech 9/14/2013 12:57:15 PM

 I'm an old guy who really enjoyed the Potter books, but I didn't read them...they were narrated to me by Jim Dale in the form of audio books.  Those audio books were given to me by another old guy who happened to be my boss.  He thought they'd make my 2-1/2 to 3 hour commute to and from work more pleasant and he was right (they were a definite step up from alternative rock and sports talk).  Of course I passed those books on to my children who in turn played them for my grandchildren.  I think my family and I would enjoy revisitng that world.

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