So you've read all the Harry Potter books at least five times. You've been to Harry Potter World. You bought a wand, and then another wand. You did the Pottermore thing and got all your friends who haven't read Harry Potter to get sorted, just so you know.

fantasticbeastsFortunately, we all may continue to absorb ourselves in the world of Harry Potter (forever and ever), because J.K. Rowling has agreed to write a series of films set in her wizarding world. The films will be based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a textbook used at Hogwarts, and will follow the adventures of the book’s fictional author Newt Scamander. It will be Rowling's screenwriting debut.

No dates yet, but that should be enough to hold us Potterheads over for now!

Read on for a quote from Rowling in the Warner Bros press release:

“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.

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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."


The press release also briefly detailed Fantastic Beasts video game plans and extended links on Pottermore, plus a TV adaptation for the BBC of The Casual Vacancy, coming in 2014.

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