The Harry Potter-verse Expands! J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Book to Become Film Trilogy

By March 31, 2014
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Eight films just weren’t enough.

Over at the New York Times, the outlet has posted a compelling and interesting profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, one filled with all kinds of interesting tidbits about Hollywood power struggles, internal politics, and upcoming projects – including not just one, not even two, but three brand new Harry Potter films.

Well, kind of. The studio has long been quite vocally interested in developing Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s Potter-inspired textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” into a film, but now Tsujihara reveals that the book will be developed into a trilogy – three “megamovies” that develop the magical universe Rowling created, long before Harry shows up.

The outlet shares: “his deft touch became clear to Hollywood’s creative community last September. That is when Warner announced that Ms. Rowling had agreed to adapt for the big screen her ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ a 2001 book billed as one of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbooks. Three megamovies are planned. The main character will be a ‘magizoologist’ named Newt Scamander. The stories, neither prequels or sequels, will start in New York about seven decades before the arrival of Mr. Potter and his pals.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book cover

The films might just be in their first stages, but Rowling herself seems fully invested (and excited!), telling the Times of Tsujihara, “When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth…We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”

Newt should prove to be a fun character to follow, as the author (full name: Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander) has plenty of connections to the world we already love. He attended Hogwarts! He was a Hufflepuff! His mom was a Hippogriff breeder! Scamander also had quite the career before penning his book, as he worked for the Ministry of Magic for a time, where he was involved with a whole mess of magical creatures, including house-elves, werewolves, and dragons.

There’s no word on when we can expect the trilogy to get rolling, but it’s certainly encouraging that Tsujihara feels secure enough in the production to talk about it to the Times.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.