If you’ve spent the past three years watching re-runs of Harry Potter scenes, crying and trying to relive the journey since the moment when Hagrid kicked down the door of the Dursley’s shack—I definitely feel you. But cry no more because J.K. Rowling is back with a Harry Potter spin-off Warner Bros. production on her aside publication, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And the best part? It’s going to be a trilogy, screen-written by the ‘mother of wizards,’ Rowling herself.
Word has it, Rowling revealed that the new spin-off will be neither a sequel nor a prequel, but rather, an “extension” of Harry’s world. For those of you who don’t know the spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is modeled as one of Harry’s school textbooks complete with comments and funny scribbles by Harry and Ron Weasley. After reading the thin paperback copy I have, I never thought that there would be enough content to make it into a movie trilogy so I’m burning with just as much curiosity as you to find out what Rowling has in store for us.
The story begins 70 years before we first meet Harry and centers around the adventures of “magizoologist,” Newt Scamander. She wrote the script in 12 days.
Reportedly, our good old Daniel Radcliffe, the Harry Potter boy, would rather not reappear as Harry Potter again in the new film—probably afraid to be type casted and branded forever as the ‘the boy who lived,’ although it may already be a little late for that. Emma Watson on the other hand, our Hermione Granger, told MTVNews that she is keen on making an appearance in the film.
Will it be a success? Well, judging from the over 450 million copies of the past seven Potter books sold worldwide with a $7.7 billion grossing film franchise value in box office receipts, I think sales will not be much of an issue.
In addition to launching the production of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, perhaps we’ll soon see other Potter movies based on other spin-offs such as The Tales of Beedle the Bard or even Quidditch Through the Ages. That would be amazing. On that note, why stop there? There are hundreds of spin-off stories that would make great movie productions. For example, can I request a movie for the story behind the Marauders’ Map? Or a movie centering around Neville’s story? I don’t think I would be the only one demanding more of the Longbottom hunk.
So Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hopefully be just the first dose of the Harry Potter spin-off productions. We have been given no details concerning the release date of this new spin-off or the cast, but the Tumblr feeds are evidence enough that the fires of the Potter shipdom have reignited already.