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Hold On To Your Mandrakes, JK Rowling Working On A 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off Movie

By Joanna Robinson | Industry | September 12, 2013 |

By Joanna Robinson | Industry | September 12, 2013 |

No, dammit, it’s not The Continuing Adventures of Neville Longbottom: The Handsomest Wizard To Ever Waggle A Wand. Would that it were.

Good ol’ Jo Rowling (who wrote not one, but two best-selling books in as many years), is working on a script based on “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,” a Harry Potter companion book from 2001. Allegedly, the new film will not only expand upon the existing world of Hogwarts, but also include some familiar characters. But don’t call it a prequel, Rowling is keeping her promise that she’s done with Harry’s story. She says it’s “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

The plot is said to take place 70 years before the Sorting Hat put Harry into Gryffindor meaning WE ARE GETTING FLAPPER WIZARDS. Rowling explains how the project came about:

It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realised 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 hardcore 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. Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years. … 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.

Is that a 12-inch Yew and unicorn hair wand in your pocket, or are you just as excited as I am?

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