Friday, September 13, 2013

Harry Potter Spin-off Movie: Fantastic Beasts

Warner Bros. announced a new series of Harry Potter spin-off films based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them written by fictional author Newt Scamander, and said these properties will be developed into video games as well.

J.K. Rowling will make her screenwriting debut for the Fantastic Beasts films. The story apparently will be original and set in the wizarding world, though it is not a sequel nor a prequel to the Harry Potter universe, but rather an extension of the fiction. Fantastic Beasts will start in New York, 70 years before Harry Potter's story begins. If it is 70 years before Harry Potter then does that mean we get to see more of Dumbledore. 

No release date for the theatrical release of the first Fantastic Beasts movie was announced, nor were details regarding platforms for the tie-in video games.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as a required textbook for Hogwarts students. J.K. Rowling released a real-world version of the book in 2001 to support the Comic Relief charity. 

I am interested in this film and look forward to visiting the wizarding world again. I must say I did enjoy my visit to Hogwarts at Universal Studios. 

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