J.K. Rowling will write screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

From J.K. Rowling’s official website today:

Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling.  The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature 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.  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.

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.

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.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

About Kris Swank

Kris Swank is Library Director at Pima Community College, Northwest Campus, and studies fantasy literature at the Mythgard Institute. She has contributed to Tolkien Studies, Mythlore and Silver Leaves journals, has published fantasy poetry, a Minoan murder mystery, and co-authored an epic fantasy short story for the Swedish music CD, Radio Rivendell Compliation, Vol. 2: The Book of War.

5 thoughts on “J.K. Rowling will write screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

  1. Oh hooray!

    We know that the story will be in good hands, not shunted off to someone attempting to interpret Rowling’s vision.

    But what will we have to complain about with no translation (or mis–) of book to screen? 😉

  2. I really liked the idea of it set in the past in another country, but I hope the setting changes back to Britain at some point in the movie.

    Gotta wonder what the story will really be about? Newt’s life? Him studying the fantasic beasts for his book? Anyway it’s sliced I am excited, but I PRAY that it will be live action <3

  3. I am excited too. It sounds like it will be a 21 year old Newt heading off to explore the wider world in a sort of Darwin-like journey. The era is great…1918 -1927. I can imagine some Jules Verne escapades but with broomsticks! I hope it’s live action as well. I’m excited for her too. I bet she misses spending her working hours in the Wizarding World. It’ll be a lot like fanfic, but written by a master.

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