J.K. Rowling’s vision of a modern world full of magic hiding just beneath the surface, popularized by the Harry Potter novels, will return to theaters.
Warner Bros. recently approached Rowling with the idea of adapting her in-world book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” into its own movie. In return, Rowling countered with her own proposal. “As I considered Warners’ 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,” said Rowling.
Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the book written as an in-world product, would be the protagonist of a series of films, giving its viewers a deeper and more expansive look into her world. While the rules of magic society will be familiar to long time viewers, the movie is planned to show a part of the world not yet even hinted at: New York. Rowling says that it will also take place 70 years before Harry’s, in the 1920s.
Rowling felt protective of the character of Scamander, previously only hinted at in books, but seemingly fully developed in her mind. As such, she will be taking this opportunity to make her screenwriting debut.
The deal which was struck between Rowling and Warner Brothers establishes more opportunities for merchandise, theme park rides and her Potter universe webpage pottermore.com. This deal also makes Warner Bros. the global distributor of an in-production BBC miniseries based on Rowling’s adult novel “The Casual Vacancy.”