Warner Bros Announes Inevitable 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off Film Series
by Ethan Anderton
September 12, 2013
Since the Harry Potter franchise raked in billions of dollars for Warner Bros. a prequel, sequel or even franchise reboot seemed inevitable at some point, but we didn't think it would be soon. Thankfully, this announcement from WB doesn't include any of those aforementioned options. Instead, the studio is teaming with author J.K. Rowling, who will make her debut as screenwriter, in a new film series that will adapt the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into an adventure led by the book's author Newt Scamander as he researches various magical creatures of the wizarding world we all know.
The series will take place 70 years before the Harry Potter franchise, so don't expect cameos from The Boy Who Lived, but that timeline doesn't rule out certain characters like Albus Dumbledore, who could easily appear in the saga at some point. Originally, the slim book written by Rowling, was released in March of 2001 with another small volume of Quidditch Through the Ages, with proceeds going to aid Comic Relief. Here's what Rowling had to say about her screenwriting debut and return to the world of Harry Potter:
"Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen 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, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”
And as if this couldn't be predicted, the film will also get a slew of deals for new video games, toys, consumers products and more, not to mention adding more elements to the Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios. Warner Bros. desire to keep the world of Harry Potter alive on the big screen isn't surprising, but we'll see how this new film series pans out. Honestly, I'd like to see some kind of underdog sports movie set in the world of Qudditch if this is the route that Warner Bros. is going to take with their magical property. The Quidditich parts of any of the films were always exciting, and if we could have a whole film, possibly set in the world of professional Quidditch players, that would be awesome. Thoughts?