For Harry Potter fans who are suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms, you can breathe a sigh of relief, as JK Rowling has decided to write a spin off story from the hugely successful books. The story is based on a minor character in the Harry Potter books, the teacher called Newt Scamander, which according to reliable sources, is one of JK Rowling’s favourite characters.
And even better news for seasoned Potter fans, the story is being made into a film called Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and will be based upon a textbook of the same name which clever fans of the Potter books will have already realised is a book taught at Hogwarts.
For those expecting to see the cast of Harry Potter however, there will be disappointment, as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are nowhere to be seen. This is because the book is actually set 70 years in the past and as such, does not feature the Potter characters and his friends.
Set in New York, the film will focus on the magical creatures tutor Newt Scamander and will tell his story instead.
The film came about, not by an idea from JK Rowling funnily enough, but by the studio company Warner Bros, who approached the author in the first place with a request for the rights to the film. But with Rowling being Rowling we all know that was never going to happen, and she decided that she could not trust another writer with the story, so had to pen the screenplay herself.
She announced the decision on Facebook, stating: “Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it. 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.”
She added: “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.”
Alongside the Harry Potter series and now Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them book, JK Rowling has also written two adult fiction novels called The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling. The Cuckoo’s Calling was written under the name of Robert Galbraith until the Sunday Times revealed that it was JK Rowling in fact who was the actual writer.