Amanda Pendolino
September 12, 2013

Accio Spinoff: A New ‘Harry Potter’ Film Series is Coming

Are you ready to go back to Hogwarts?

According to Variety, J.K. Rowling has teamed with Warner Brothers to develop a new film series inspired by “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a textbook used in the world of Harry Potter. The films will also explore the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film,” Rowling said in a statement.

“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 favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

She continued: “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.” This will be her first crack at screenwriting.

The author also warned fans that the new series should not be seen as a prequel or sequel to the beloved Harry Potter movies. “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,” she explained.

Newt’s story will launch in New York, seventy years before Harry Potter’s story began.

Returning to the world of Harry Potter is a no-brainer for Warner Brothers, since the series made over $7 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing franchise of all time. But will these movies live up to the originals? Lost creator Damon Lindelof tweeted what a lot of fans must be feeling:

Are you excited for the new movies?