Author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, is partnering with Warner Bros. Entertainment for a new film series inspired by elements from her original novels.
The new “expanded creative partnership” will yield movies that center on Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the adventures of its fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The film will be an original telling and mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
“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," says Rowling. "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, 70 years before Harry's gets underway.”
The film series will also be developed across the studio’s consumer products, video game and digital initiatives business, as well as incorporate into its Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in conjunction with Universal Parks and Resorts.