In the five years since fans saw the culmination of the Harry Potter film series, J.K. Rowling has managed to keep devotees of her boy-wizard saga guessing. Though initially it did seem that the completion of the Harry Potter novels meant there were only the adapted films left to carry on the author’s immersive world of wizarding, the passage of time has proven this to be anything but true.
While the recent arrival of Rowling’s stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has allowed those lucky enough to get tickets a look at Harry Potter 19 years after the events of The Deathly Hollows, the upcoming adaptation of Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also promises fans some perspective on yet another aspect of the ever-expanding Potterverse.
It’s long been known that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a film trilogy and while it was recently revealed by the film’s director, David Yates, that Rowling has already completed work on the Fantastic Beasts 2 script, EW has once again spoken with Yates and discovered that Rowling’s sequel will take things in “a whole new direction.” As Yates explained:
“We’ve seen the script for Part 2, for the second movie, which takes the story in a whole new direction – as you should, you don’t want to repeat yourself. The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further. It’s a very interesting development from where we start out. The work is pouring out of her.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them tells the story of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, the author of the magical text often deferred to by Harry Potter and his friends throughout Rowling’s original series. Taking place several decades before either Harry or his friends existed, the story sees Scamander travel to New York in his quest to find and document magical creatures. The film is an adaptation of the single 2001 Rowling novel of the same name, so Yates surely isn’t exaggerating when he says that Fantastic Beasts 2 will be taking things in a whole new direction. This revelation comes right on the heels of news that Warner Bros. has filed for copyright protection of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – a potential acknowledgement that a film adaptation could be on its way.
All news of Rowling having finished the next script for Fantastic Beasts aside, perhaps the most interesting part of Yates’ comments was that the work is pouring out of her. Rowling has clearly entered into a very productive stage with her writing as of late and with the Harry Potter franchise moving in so many different directions at once, it is conceivable that even more work from her is potentially on its way. Could an eighth Potter novel be in the works?
Whatever does end up happening next, Harry Potter fans are extremely fortunate to have someone as prolific and talented as Rowling leading the charge. Having once put her final touches on the world of Harry Potter, she now seems to be reveling in the possibilities she’s created – a creative burst that can only end up entertaining audiences everywhere.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.