Seems the Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, is returning to the world of witchcraft and fantasy again.
The first book in the new series based on Rowling’s 2001 Hogwarts textbook Harry Potter Schoolbooks: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Quidditch Through the Ages (part of The Hogwarts Library), which Rowling will adapt for her first-ever screenplay:
The film will center on Newt Scamander, who explored the wizarding world long before Harry’s exploits. The press release adds that some of the new film’s wizards and witches "will be familiar to devoted to Harry Potter fans."
In a statement, Rowling explained how her return to the Harry Potter universe came together:
It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
Photo – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
But Rowling also cautioned audiences against treating Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a full-blown extension of the Harry Potter universe:
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen 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. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
JoshuaPundit: It sounds like a prequel to me, but with Hollywood desperate for hits, it sounds like a winner, especially if the book sells. It probably will, since J.K. Rowling is one fine storyteller.
A prequel it will be, set 70-years before Harry is born based on more of a pamphlet than a book. And Rowling is a good storyteller until you ponder Hollywood, the music industry, publishing… in fact all facets of entertainment a bit further, and ask yourself… why do the same people seem to work all the time? And is the wizarding world really the best entertainment for a generation that has little religious background to balance it out?
Bloomberg Businessweek reported it this way:
J.K. Rowling is hogging all the awesome jobs. First, she made a half billion dollars as a fantasy novelist whose Harry Potter books sold 150 million copies worldwide and were adapted into a blockbuster film series. Then she was a surreptitious crime writer. Rowling has now added a new line to her résumé: Hollywood screenwriter.
This week, Warner Bros. announced plans to make a series of films based on Rowling’s 2001 Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which as the author explained on her website, isn’t a Harry Potter sequel but “an extension” of the world that he inhabited. Instead of hiring someone to adapt the book to film, Warner Bros. has hired Rowling to do so.
For those of us who grew up during a time grounded in reality; having attended church, synagogue, temple etc. regularly with a background in critical thinking and parents who monitored most of our spare time activities… a little escape and fiction can be a lot of fun, but for a generation where many live in a fictitious world created online more than in reality and have been programmed for years by media, lacking religious training and a background in critical thinking… more witchcraft or zombies might not be what they really need?!?
You be the judge~