By Will Ashton
While other studios try to make their own Harry Potter franchises, Warner Bros. is going back to the well for more. It has just been announced that the studio is developing a spin-off feature inspired by the Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and its “author,” Newt Scamander.
In a press release, the studio revealed that J.K. Rowling was teaming up with the studio to continue making films inside the world of Harry Potter. Rowling, who served as a producer on the last two films, will be writing the script for the film, which is being considered the first in a new series. This will be her screenwriting debut.
Rowling explained the process of how the project came to be:
“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 of Fantastic 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.”
The film won’t serve as a direct prequel or sequel to the original films, but will just take place in the same universe. Harry Potter fans would know Fantastic Beasts as one of the required books the students had to get in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Considering that all eight Harry Potter films made $7.7 billion worldwide, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. wants to keep a good thing going.