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JK Rowling set to pen spin-off film(s) in Potter universe

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JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut in a new Harry Potter-themed film series, Warner Bros has announced.

The first film of the series will be titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Warner Bros said the film series was part of an "expanded creative partnership" with the best-selling author.

The eight Harry Potter films are the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

The new film will feature Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, owned by Harry Potter at Hogwarts school.

Warner Bros has given no indication as to when the film could go into production.

"It all started when Warner Bros came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film," said Rowling.

"I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realised 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.

She went on: "As I considered Warners' proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

"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.

"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, 70 years before Harry's gets underway."

Rowling added: "I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it."

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Although I am done with the Harry Potter story, the world she created is interesting for young adults. She obviously loves that universe, as shown by the amount of detail and history she created during the 7 Potter novels.

Should be interesting.

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The Return of the Dobby.

Legend of the Guardians 2: Owls of Hogwarts.

When Hagrid Met Sally.

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Harry Potter sucked.

Both Book and Movie.

Shoot me. -_-

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Harry Potter sucked.

Both Book and Movie.

Shoot me. -_-

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I love Harry Potter but I don't know if I'm a huge fan of spin off film or any new Harry Potter film.

On a side note, has anyone on here been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter down at Universal Orlando?

Looks like a really cool place, would really like to see it one day.

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I love Harry Potter but I don't know if I'm a huge fan of spin off film or any new Harry Potter film.

On a side note, has anyone on here been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter down at Universal Orlando?

Looks like a really cool place, would really like to see it one day.

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It's not for everyone. You're allowed to not like it. It is for kids afterall.

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I loved the books as a kid. The movies sucked in comparison and I can't see this venture being a huge success.

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Harry potter series are for kids? Did you ever read the book or the films? The first two were probably aimed for kids. The the series became really dark as it progress...

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Yes I did read them, and I didn't start until I was 21. Don't "kid" yourself, regardless of dark these books got, they were still aimed towards kids from grades 6-12.

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I agree that it will most likely suck, but I disagree on this not being a success. I'm a huge Potter fan...I KNOW it probably won't be a great movie, but will I still see it? You bet. And I'm willing to put money on there being a ton of other people who are in the same place.

Another side note: I haven't been to the one in Orlando, but I did make a point to visit the Leavesden studios in London. The only word to describe that place is "magical." The feeling of watching the front doors open and stepping into the Great Hall is something I will never forget.

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I agree that it will most likely suck, but I disagree on this not being a success. I'm a huge Potter fan...I KNOW it probably won't be a great movie, but will I still see it? You bet. And I'm willing to put money on there being a ton of other people who are in the same place.

Another side note: I haven't been to the one in Orlando, but I did make a point to visit the Leavesden studios in London. The only word to describe that place is "magical." The feeling of watching the front doors open and stepping into the Great Hall is something I will never forget.

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....... Lol

Grade 12 are kids for you......?

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I think Glasgow University looks very Hogwarts-like. I always hear visitors commenting on it too.

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Anyone else just kind of lose interest in the series after the third/fourth movie?

I guess that was just me growing up.

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Never read one Potter page; nor have I seen any of these flicks. It's hard to read the fantasy genre, AT(after Tolkien).

Like this woman's background-story, mind you. Heard she's made some pretty nice coin. Also, some Portugese bloke is prob kickin' himself, to this day!

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