Friday, September 13, 2013

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Movie - The Revival of a Fandom!

I know I am late to the game in posting this, but OMG - A NEW HARRY POTTER MOVIE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!!!

See below:

JK Rowling has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to write the screenplay for a new fantasy film based on parts of the Harry Potter novels.

The author announced the news on her Facebook page and explained it isn't a prequel or a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but more an extension of that world.

The film will be based on Harry Potter textbook and spin-off book, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and follows the adventures of it's fictional author Newt Scamander.

"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," Rowling said.

There will be some familiar faces though, as the film will involve various magical creatures and characters that have featured previously in the Harry Potter books.

"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."

Talking about how the idea came about, Rowling said: "It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of 'Fantastic Beasts', realized by another writer was difficult.

"Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core 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."

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the first in a new film series, so we can probably expect the usual run of video game tie-ins and merchandise along the way too.

Rowling’s adult novel The Casual Vacancy is being turned into a TV serial by the BBC. More than 450 million copies of her seven Potter books have been sold and the films made stars of Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

This is fantastic news, and I can't wait to see what's in store for this film and the series to follow! :)

(Thanks to Evanna Lynch for this great capture)

Purchase the original book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by J.K. Rowling here!

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