After each of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books was turned into a movie, it seemed like the HP days were over. But things haven’t stopped for Rowling (she’s since published The Casual Vacancy and detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling), and now, it appears, the wizarding world must also go on.
According to the Associated Press, J.K. Rowling will write the screenplays for a new movie series for Warner Bros. based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Then, the fictional textbook she created in the Harry Potter series.
In the Harry Potter books, the Fantastic Beasts was written by fictional author Newt Scamander. But this new film series won’t have anything to do with the character Harry Potter at all. It will take place 70 years before the start of Harry’s story, in New York.
Rowling didn’t write the screenplays for any of the HP films, so this will be a first for her. But she’s also returning back to her fantastical comfort zone of wizards, and with her built-in audience, my guess is these movies will be hits.