Warner Bros Announes Inevitable 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off Film Series

September 12, 2013

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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?

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I love Rowling's sense of humor about all the off-kilter magical creatures that inhabit the wizarding world, so if she's really this gung-ho about the project, then I'm on board. IMO, the one thing that was sometimes missing from the HP films was Jo's chronic wit and throwaway creativity (mostly irrelevant names, ideas, and anecdotes just tossed in because she had them on hand - added so much flavor to the novels). That would spark up every now and again in the movies, but in the books it's on nearly every page. With her writing the screenplay, I'm hopeful this will hit the right notes.

Ali Miller on Sep 12, 2013


Fully agree with you! Her humor is one of the things that made reading "Potter" so much fun and was hardly translated to the films. With her writing the script for this it gives me hope that some of that will shine through as well as an original story we're not familiar with it's exciting!

Nathan Williams on Sep 12, 2013


Charlie Hard on Sep 12, 2013


I got nothing else to say, it just signifies on how random this and on how random I did that.

Charlie Hard on Sep 12, 2013


The book doesn't even have a story!

Nielsen700 on Sep 12, 2013


Well, I'm sure Rowling has something up her sleeve.

Ethan Anderton on Sep 12, 2013


She sure does... millions of dollar bills.

esbanks303 on Sep 12, 2013


Gotta start reading these stories more through. Rowling actually writing it gives me some confidence it'll be good.

Nielsen700 on Sep 12, 2013


Typo in the article title Ethan.

OfficialJab on Sep 12, 2013


Rowling's attempt to stay relevant.

Brian Sleider on Sep 12, 2013


She's going to be relevant for a long time bud

Jon Odishaw on Sep 12, 2013


Right... because having a best-selling adult novel last year doesn't qualify as relevant. Not that she even needs to try with the HP legacy. Moron. Stupefy!

The_New_leconfidant on Sep 12, 2013


(Sarcastically) Yeah, Brian! How dare you speak negatively against her and the beloved children's novel. Conform!

mooreworthy on Sep 12, 2013


Yes pleeeeease!

Danimal on Sep 12, 2013


As long as Rowling is behind it and supports it then count me in!

Nathan Williams on Sep 12, 2013


I heard there was a game in development based on this as well. I smell a Pokemon clone...

fazha on Sep 12, 2013


Some will scream cash in...but I for one love this idea. Cast Paul Bettany as Newt and I will be 1000% behind this.

Xerxexx on Sep 12, 2013


David Yates pls.

Ben Moore on Sep 13, 2013

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