Last September, Harry Potter fans were treated to the magical news that J.K. Rowling agreed to write the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off of the series set about 70 years before Harry, Ron, and Hermoine boarded the Hogwarts Express for the first time.
But wait! It gets even better! Apparently Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara has convinced Rowling to turn it into a trilogy. That's right, my Muggle friends, we have not just one more wizarding story from the mind of the woman who turned the term "Horcrux" into common vernacular, but three.
So far there are no release dates or casting information, but we do know that the story will be centered around magizoologist Newt Scamander, the fictitious author of the magical creatures textbook used at Hogwarts.
Scamander supposedly spent nine years traveling the world gathering information about magical creatures for the book, which gives Rowling more than enough time to spin some pretty fantastic adventure tales. Maybe a love story too! We do know that Newt was married to a woman named Porpentina -- and that their grandson Rolf eventually marries Luna Lovegood.
So basically that means I'm totally expecting Newt Scamander to be a geeky version of Hagrid. Maybe with a little Dumbledore thrown in -- he apparently spent some time as the headmaster of Hogwarts too.
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But don't expect a Harry Potter prequel. Rowling has said about the project, “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, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”
The wizarding world of the jazzy 1920s in New York City. She could probably set the entire first movie right there and still weave an adventurous tale for our new hero. No wonder they decided to make it a trilogy.
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