JK Rowling announces new movie

Jenny Glasscock, Features Editor

The excitement of waiting for a new Harry Potter book or movie was thought to be over. The seventh and final installment in the book series came out in 2007. The second part of the last movie was released in 2011. But when JK Rowling, author of the series, announced on September 12th, 2013 that she is working on writing a new movie called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in the same wizarding world Harry Potter is set in, all Potter fans seemed to rise from the dead.

The title Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes from a book within the HP books, a school textbook written by fictional author Newt Scamander (which JK Rowling actually turned into a real book you can purchase). Script writers originally pitched the idea of writing a movie based off the fictional book by Warner Brothers to Rowling. When the idea was planted in her mind, she thought about it and insisted that she would write it herself.

Not a lot of specifics about the story have been released yet, but so far the story is said to focus on Scamander’s life as a young person, traveling the world to write his book. Rowling said the movie will begin in in New York City during the roaring ‘20s.

There is a lot of speculation from fans whether characters such as Albus Dumbledore or Minerva McGonagall from the HP series will make an appearance since they were young during the 1920s. However, the main characters from the HP books: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger will not be in Fantastic Beasts as it’s before their time.

Very few details about the wizarding world in the United States were given in the Harry Potter books, so this movie will surely shed light on customs, rules, culture and maybe even American wizarding schools.

Fantastic Beasts is only the beginning. The film is the first in a series that will focus on the wizarding world of Harry Potter. By all means, the magic of Harry Potter is not over.