Harry Potter fans are ecstatic today as it was revealed the J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers have cut a deal to bring Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to the silver screen. While Fantastic Beasts is not actually a Harry Potter book, it does take place in the same universe and discusses the supernatural beasts in that world.
“‘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,” Rowling said 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.”
One big change this time around is that Rowling is actually going to be writing the screenplay for the film. This is a first for her but her reasoning was this:
Rowling, who has never written a screenplay before, said she wanted to because “the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult.”
Look for other merchandise based on the book, as well.
Confession: I haven’t read it. Does that make me a terrible Harry Potter fan?