Harry Potter fanatics rejoice—an extension of the world of witchcraft and wizardry is soon to take off. J.K. Rowling is teaming up with Warner bros. to write a screenplay for a new film series that will be based on Harry’s textbook in the original series, called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The series will be centered on the adventures of Newt Scamander, who predates Harry by 70 years, and resides in New York.
J.K. Rowling has said that Harry Potter fans will reportedly recognize the magical creatures and customs, and should be “familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films.”
Warner Bros. will be creating a sort of franchise surrounding the new films, with video games, expansions of the World of Harry Potter theme parks, and consumer products. Warner Bros. is seemingly quite aware of the profitability of anything related to Harry Potter, or J.K. Rowling, as Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara enthusiastically conveys: “We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.” No pressure, Jo.