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Harry Potter Spinoff Book 'Fantastic Beasts' To Be Adapted Into Film Trilogy

Warner Bros. plans to turn JK Rowling's Hogwarts textbook 'Fantastic Beasts' into three films

By Andrea Tim | Published: 31 Mar 2014

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Potterheads, your dreams are about to come true. Thanks to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Harry Potter creator and author JK Rowling has agreed to let the film production giant expand the wizarding universe with films based on the famed textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

We are apparently getting not only one, but "three megamovies" after Kevin convinced JK to bring her spinoff book to life on the silver screen.

"When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn't PR-speak but the literal truth,” JK said in an interview. "We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I'd thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!"

Does this mean JK will be screenwriting? We hope so. The films, which are neither prequel nor sequel to the Harry Potter books and films, will start in New York several decades before Harry's time and will be about magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Ah, turning fictional school syllabi into films. Not as outrageous as turning celebrities into school syllabi, but we're absolutely looking forward to it.


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