Here's some fantastic news for those of you missing boy wizard Harry Potter like crazy. Variety is reporting that J. K. Rowling will make her screenwriting debut with an adaptation of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It's the name of the textbook mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (the novel) and is written by fictitious author and "magizoologist" Newt Scamander (yet another Rowling pseudonym).
Here's what Rowling had to say via Facebook: “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. . . That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros. . . I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
There are nearly 100 magical creatures detailed within its pages (man-eating spiders, werewolves, mermaids, trolls and things we can't pronounce) — information collected from Scamander's research trips around the world. The planned film will be the first in a series from Warner Bros., but we don't know much more than that at this time.
The original Harry Potter film series ended in 2011 with part two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Fantastic Beasts supposedly predates the events of the Harry Potter series, but the book includes drawings and handwritten commentary from the bespectacled wiz kid and pals Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley that would set things around the time of the fourth novel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Obscurus Books' literary wizard Augustus Worme commissioned the title in 1918, which became a best seller when published in 1927. There's a lot of great fantasy fodder to mine with this publication, which has the potential to introduce a new set of beloved characters to Potter film fans for years to come (the first series lasted a decade). Let us know if you've read the magizoologist compendium, below.
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