J.K. Rowling announces spin-off Potter films

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On Thursday, Sept. 12, millions of Harry Potter fans screamed in excitement and sighed with relief when the series author, J.K. Rowling, announced that there would be an expansion of the film franchise. Not only that, but Rowling also revealed that she would be writing the up-and-coming spin-off series.

The new film is inspired by the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,”  and follows the young  author and “magizoologist” Newt Scamander as he travels across five continents  studying and classifying different magical creatures.

Rowling actually published the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in 2001 after the release of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” The short, 42-paged read identified 75 different creatures in the Potter universe and contained a forward by none other than Albus Dumbledore.

“I am very excited about the new movie series,” second-year Logan Starnes, a self professed Potter fanatic and director of last year’s “A Very Potter Musical,” said. “It’ll be brand new information in the context of the wizarding world. I’m especially interested in the prospect of a character that is not related to Harry [who] goes on adventures to find fantastic beasts and sometimes has to beat them off with kettles.”

The first film will begin in New York, 70 years before Harry’s story began – which suggests that audiences will not be seeing the “golden trio” in this new franchise.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling explained in a statement.

Devoted fans will also remember that Rowling informed the public after the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, that beloved character Luna Lovegood married Scamander’s grandson, Rolf. Whether or not there will be any allusions to the future series in the movies is just speculation right now.

Information for this article was taken from http://www.latimes.com and


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