It seems more information on the planning stages of JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter-related Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have been revealed, and according to Variety, there will be three films based on it! Yes, a trilogy!
It’s only been three years since the last feature film of the Harry Potter franchise has been on the big screen, and it still resonates with young and young-at-heart alike to this day. So, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. and it’s CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, want to continue to make the most (figuratively and financially, of course) of Rowling’s epic franchise.
Tsujihara persuaded Rowling to revive the Harry Potter movie magic by adapting her Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the big screen. Rowling wrote the 54-page book in 2001 between publication of the fourth and fifth Potter books.
“When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” she said about Tsujihara. “We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”
So, what do we know about the story? Well, here’s the small summary of it:
Set initially in New York about seven decades before the start of the Harry Potter story, the films will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander. They’re not prequels or sequels, but an “extension of the wizarding world.”
How interesting that it would start off in New York. It makes me wonder if casting will strictly be British actors, or if they’ll be hiring a few Americans. It would also be interesting to see, although they do make a point saying that it’s not a prequel or sequel to the Harry Potter storyline, if any characters will be appearing in some form or another in them. Granted, this is 70 years prior to the events in Harry Potter, but still, a few of them are quite aged by the time little Harry Potter starts school at Hogwarts. It could be just familiar names that have a strong family line in the wizarding world that we’ll recognize, but nevertheless, having anything to do with the wizarding world will be thrilling for us.
What do you think? Are you ready for more wizards and beasts and magic from JKR? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Thanks to Schmoes Know for the tip!