No, I’m not J.K. Rowling you.
Author and venerated magic master J.K. Rowling has recently announced, with Warner Bros. Productions, that a screenplay based on Rowling’s book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is in the works.
“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,” Rowling stated in the press release.
Let the Potterhead squealing commence!
Published in 2001, the 42-page Hogwarts textbook is written by the fictional wizard Newt Scamander, former head of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It gives an A to Z guide of the many creatures and monsters that roam the magical world as well as their safety classifications.
Mentioned before in the books, Scamander’s adventure starts much earlier than those of Harry, Hermione and Ron.
“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,” Rowling said. “But Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”
Not only does this screenplay revive the Potter universe like a phoenix from the ashes, but another recent announcement about the Harry Potter theme park has also excited Potterheads.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla. is set to expand in spring 2014 with new theme park additions.
“We’re opening a second ‘Harry Potter’ attraction in Orlando which I think is one of the most creative ideas I’ve ever seen in the theme park business..,” said CEO Steve Burke of Comcast, the company that owns Universal, in a statement regarding the expansion.
The announcement of both theme park developments and the highly anticipated screenplay brings hope to the millions of “Harry Potter” fans in the world that thought the franchise could go no further after the release of the last movie in 2011. Thankfully, Rowling and Warner Bros. are willing and excited to satisfy fans and give us at least one more look into the amazing wizarding world.
So grab your Firebolt broomsticks, start re-watching and re-reading all things “Harry Potter” and find out which house you belong to because the Harry Potter franchise is returning to the muggle world to enchant us all once again.