J.K. Rowling Writing ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff Movie, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 11:09 am,

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them Harry Potter Spinoff Movie by JK Rowling J.K. Rowling Writing Harry Potter Spinoff Movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

J.K. Rowling has announced via her Facebook Page that she is writing a new Harry Potter spinoff film titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Warner Bros. The film will follow Newt Scamander, author of the textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – which was (as fans of the novels know) the name of the textbook Harry and Co. used while first-years at Hogwarts in the first installment, The Philosopher’s Stone. Rowling previously adapted the idea into a companion book for the Harry Potter novels.

The film will be the first in a new franchise from Rowling and Warner Bros. – read the official Facebook posting from Rowling below:

Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“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.

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 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. 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.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. 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.”

The subject matter is sound – the exploration of mystical beasts in the wizarding world – and with Warner Bros. still working out their superhero universe – with the Batman vs. Superman movie poised to make a big smash in 2015 – having something from the Harry Potter Universe – from Rowling herself – is just more ammunition in hand.

What do you think Harry Potter fans? Does this concept sound good to you?


We’ll keep you updated on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as this story develops.

Source: J.K. Rowling 

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  1. Sounds interesting, i would like to see more from that world. hopefully they get a good director that can recreate the feel and style of the other films. Maybe even get one of the previous directors from the harry potter franchise? that would be cool.

  2. Heck yeah! Sounds awesome!

  3. I don’t know why that would be cool- bring in somebody new

    • director wise I mean

      • I’d be down if they brought alfonso cuaron back :) Azkaban’s my fave of the films.

        • Hey mine to!!! Love that movie. ive seen it probably half a dozen times more at least than the other films. except maybe the first. i was around 9 when the first came out so i had a tendency to watch it, then rewatch day after day.

          • Everything was done so well in Azkaban. The effects (the dementors especially), the music (definitely williams best of the 3 HP films he scored), the quidditch, buckbeak, the knight bus, the final act at the shrieking shack, etc.. such a great movie :)

            • *the scene at the shrieking shack, and the final act with the time turner.

              my bad :P

              • Agree 1000%. POA was fantastic. I love the style and drama, the close-up of the wilting flower as it is frozen by the dementor is pure magic (no pun intended).
                I am all for continuing the HP universe…as long as there is no more Harry, Ron and the rest of the gang. Their story is done in my mind, they all lived happily ever after once Voldemort was destroyed. But, i would love to see a Grindlewald and Dumbledor movie…that would be pretty cool.

            • Do you have any idea how many times I’ve argued with people that Azkaban was the best film? It makes me so happy to finally find people who agree with me. I was going to comment on the first guy who mentioned it up here, explaining my praise, but you movieDude have just done it for me. Azkaban and CoS are probably the best films, Azkaban being clearly the greater. For the sdimple reason that it takes Yates’ darkness and realism and mixes it with the childish (that’s a postivie) nature of the Columbus movies. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is an absolutely flawless film, that deserves far more respect that it gets. Everything you said, including the casting, pacing, effects, story beats, lighting and camerawork is truly incredible. And the finale is easily the best of the franchise. The epic moment when Harry expels the dementors from atop his Godfather’s dying body is the very definition of pure movie magic. It’s what I look for in every motion picture, every time I step into the cinema. And while its not one of my favorite movies of all time or anything, one can’t deny its greatness, its beauty, for the pure simple reason that one of the most memorable quotes from the history of film is
              “Expecto Patronum!”

              • @Cole Silver

                Haha I’ll admit I’ve engaged in similar arguments. I really love the music at that moment when Harry conjures the patronus. On the soundtrack its called “Finale” and its absolutely fantastic. Everything is so dark and you think the dementors are going to kill Harry but then he utters your favorite line and everything switches gears. I think that track, right there, compliments that scene perfectly.

        • It’s everybody’s favourite one.

          • Is it though? I thought people usually pick deathly hallows pt 2.

            • Yeah i know many who dislike azkaban cause what was taken out.

              Part 1 is my fav

              • They also took some liberties with things. The biggest thing in my mind is how they changed the patronus charm.

                I would have loved to see the rest of the school year in Azkaban (the movie not the wizard prison). See the end with the quidditch cup and whatnot. Maybe a directors cut or something. Certainly thats out of the question now the actors have aged a decade.

    • Thats like saying disney cant do anything except marvel movies

      • I am not saying that its bad…while I loved the every harry potter movies(Hp3 is my favourite) and I will see this on opening day but I still think they should just gives the DC universe a proper treatment(And they have just started perfectly with MoS) So in Time We/I will see..

  4. I love the JK Rowling Cinematic Universe!

  5. I’ve enjoyed the “Harry Potter” series and look forward to seeing more, but I seriously think WB needs to move beyond this franchise. Then, their DC universe is taking off as quickly as they hoped and I guess they want to go back to the other big cash cow franchise.

  6. The world of Harry Potter is just too good to waste :) Plus I like that it will have no connection to the Harry Potter story and will take place decades before.

  7. I think this is a really cool idea and I hope it does very well, hope other/more movies come from this like other books tht are in the harry potter world

  8. I’m excited about this, there’s a lot to explore in the HP universe and I’m glad we’re getting to see it.

  9. Don’t know what’s the need of it again… It’s already perfect with its 7/2 parts… WB should think something else..

  10. YES! Finally :)

    This is great news, this is such a rich world and knowing JKR herself is writing it and went to WB I know its going to be great and bring back the magic of Harry Potter. Im totally IN. :D

    P.S. bring back Alfonso Cuaron ;)

    • I agree, bring back Alfonso Cuaron :) I dunno if he’d be willing to come back tho…

      • He kept saying that he’d love to direct another movie and they kept trying to get him to direct one of the last ones but scheduling conflicts kept stopping him.

        He’d definitely be willing to come back, especially since, now that he’s finally done with Gravity, his schedule is cleared up.

  11. So, is this a plan B, if DC movie “Universe” fails?

  12. Harry Potter should have married Luna Lovegood. So much more chemistry between those two characters on screen than between Harry and Ginny.

    • Harry and Ginny marry in the books, so they get married in the films. You can’t just change something like that (especially since it’s Harry Potter) for the films.

      • Well they should have!

      • A lot of things happened in the books which didn’t happen in the films.

  13. There gonna cross it over. This movie will have Billy Batson becoming Shazam but with a Harry Potter angle. I just hope this doesn’t effect their DC movies in anyway. It shouldn’t though. Disney has Marvel and Star Wars going simultaneously starting 2015. And I don’t really care about Harry Potter all that much anyway. Guess I’m just more a Middle-Earth guy.

  14. Jesus Christ, how long are they gonna milk this cash cow?? Here I thought I was done and now they’re bringing it back as an entire f*cking franchise.


    • Harry Potter and the Endless Cash Flow.

    • It’s called human greed.

      Everybody has it and if you think you are an exception then you are a twat.

      • I know I’m not, but I do think this is just going overboard with it

        I’d like to say there’s a limit to greed, buuuuuuut

  15. It’s very soon to go back to the Potter well after just finishing the 8-movie saga. That said, I’ll probably go see it. Maybe not in theatres but it’ll be fine as an option to watch.

    • Its very soon to go back to Batman DIRECTLY after the TDK trilogy but hey. I’m not complaining.

  16. I’m glad that I can finally head back to the Wizarding World and I’m excited for these movies but….. a movie about Newt Scamander? He better have an amazing backstory because I was really hoping for the Maurauders.

  17. A solid foundation fueled by an author
    providing a fount of imaginative ideas.
    This was an easy business decision.

  18. Alfonso Cuaron should direct this. And then Christopher Nolan should direct The Cuckoo’s Calling.

  19. I want to see an inspiration sports film set in the harry potter universe… in the world of quidditch… i think that would be an awesome fantasy/sports drama.

    • Four words:

      Mighty Ducks Quidditch Film.

      You’re welcome J.K. Rowling.

  20. WOW! I’ve seen this coming since they announced the new Star Wars trilogy in late 2012… From this point onwards I knew that NOTHING was impossible. A Harry Potter spin-off is the biggest news I could have imagined, apart from a new Star Trek TV show that is…

  21. My wife is thrilled!

  22. It may have been more prudent to release the books and around the time the third book comes out, come out with the first movie, No? I mean, i don’t think they have to build a fan base but it just seems the appropriate natural progression of things (Unlike my run-on sentences) Which have no fan base and I’m too lazy to correct because I dictate into an iPad

    • Isn’t that what happened?

      I’m sure either Azkaban or Goblet Of Fire released around the time of the Philosopher’s Stone movie.

      My cousin likes Goblet Of Fire best because Robert Pattinson dies in it.

  23. I knew it! I knew it! I had feeling that this was going to happen and now it is! And I am absolutely psyched! I loved HP and have been missing it so very much and I am so glad that it is a spin-off and not a continuation. I would love a continuation too, but in a few more years. What has me really excited is the potential this can have of introducing a totally awesome and quirky Lead character and cast some amazing British actor in it! Plenty names come to mind…*hint hint*

      • Richard E Grant?

        I hope you don’t mean Matt Smith. He’d be a reason for me to not see it, as cool as it might be. I just don’t rate him as an actor at all.

        I’d love if John Simm could do it though. He’s one of Britain’s unsung brilliant actors plus if you didn’t see him in the great Life On Mars show then you might remember him as The Master during David Tennant’s time as The Doctor.

  24. I say it is about time that she started expanding that universe, I felt kind of empty after Deathly Hallows cause I wanted more. Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is a great one to start. I’d also like see a movie or series of Hogwarts a History. Don’t let Alfonso Cuaron(He screwed up on the book except the punch Malfoy part, that was the only thing I liked in that movie)

    • To be honest, I thought every movie screwed up elements from the books. I spent more time complaining along with my brother about what they changed or left out of each movie than actually talking about how great the movies were.

      I’d like to see The Tales Of Beedle The Bard released in some non-book form too.

  25. Jurassic Park with wizards, then. Could be fun.

    • This made my day^ and I have a great title too;

      Dinosaurs & Wizards

      (Cowboys & Aliens)

  26. I was just actually wishing for a harry potter spin off the other day but I was hoping for a new book series exploring the lives of others in the world, but a movies okay as well and I hope to see nonstudent characters away from hogwarts for the main characters.

  27. Sounds pretty cool. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Harry Potter franchise but I still enjoyed it so I’ll give this a shot.

  28. May I make a correction? You state that Harry and Co. use the textbook,Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them, in their first year in The Philosopher’s Stone. It’s their third year when they use the book, as seen in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Hagrid is their instructor for the class!

    Other than that, I’m thrilled to hear about this project! It’s my favorite spin-off book, and I still read it pretty regularly!

    • *Fantastic Beasts, not Magical Beasts. Oops!

    • No, they use the Monster Book of Monsters for Hagrid’s class. FBaWtFT is the standard and is mentioned in the textbook list in Philosopher’s Stone.