Rowling to write screenplay for new wizard film

2013-09-13 00:00

BURBANK — Attention Harry Potter fans! Author J.K. Rowling is to write a screenplay for a new film set in her wizarding world, Warner Brothers Entertainment announced yesterday.

“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 said.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.

“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 [Fantastic Beasts author Newt Salamander’s] story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets under way.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was mentioned in the Harry Potter books, and was written by Rowling on behalf of the Comic Relief charity fundraiser.

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