I suppose when you’re the first billionaire author and the film adaptations of your series come to an end, there’s very little you can do to occupy your time. You could always read, but you can only read your own books so many times before they get a little stale. You could always go to the movies, but as I stated, the films adapted from your own books have all come and gone, leaving you with literally nothing new to watch. Or what you could do, if you were just crazy enough to do so, is to write a new story set in your popular universe that hopes to create a brand new series of films that will most certainly garner another billion dollars or so. Yeah, I’d do that.
And that’s exactly what J.K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, is planning on doing with Warner Brothers.
Deadline reports that Rowling will be turning Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them, a Hogwarts textbook, into a new series for W.B that she herself will write. The story will follow the fictitious author of the book, Newt Scamander has he travels the world looking for magical creatures and encounter all sorts of characters we’ve all become familiar with in the Harry Potter mythology. The story is set to take place 70 years before Harry Potter was even born and hopes to expand the world Rowling first introduced us to in 1997 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
“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,” said Rowling. “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.”
Along with the massive amounts of cash Rowling is expected to earn (again), Warner Brothers is also teaming up with the author for more expansions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando as well as development deals for video games set in the Harry Potter universe, and other cross promotion through toys, digital media, and more. In short, Rowling will never, ever, go hungry again.
If you know me and my relationship I have with Harry Potter, you know it’s a bit all over the place. I could never get into the books as much as I would have liked, but I really enjoyed the movies, especially after they took a darker turn in the later films. As for Rowling, I’m not the biggest fan of her as a writer or, really, as a person, so seeing her rake in enough money to give the Queen a run makes me pretty frustrated. Yet, I don’t think I would do anything differently if I was in her position.
As for the story itself, it sounds very interesting. One of my favorite things about the films was seeing all sorts of creatures and beasts pop up here and there, but I always thought we didn’t get to see enough of that magic in a world based on witchcraft and wizardry. Sure, we saw the spells and incantations, but I was always curious more about the creatures than anything else. With Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them, I’m sure that will change.
What are your thoughts on the news? Are you ready to return to the world of Harry Potter?