Harry Potter author JK Rowling to write spin-off film
Harry Potter author JK Rowling is to write a spin-off film based on a minor character in her stories about the boy wizard.
The film will be called Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and is named after the textbook given to pupils at Hogwarts School.
It is the first in a planned series and will feature its fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
Miss Rowling said on her Facebook page: "It all started when Warner Bros came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them into a film.
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"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 the 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 under way."
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