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Harry Potter Spin Off Movie Series to Begin With ' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

Updated on September 13, 2013


Ever since the release of the final Harry Potter movie, potterheads around the world have been struggling to cope with the harsh reality that their magical world of Harry Potter has come to an abrupt end. Well, maybe not....Reports have come in that a large number of owls have been seen carrying messages to fans everywhere as the news spreads telling of a new movie soon to be released! Warner Bros. has just announced that Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, will be making her screenwriting debut with a film version of her book, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

J. K. Rowling - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J. K. Rowling - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

“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.” said Rowling in a press release. “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,” said 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, seventy years before Harry's gets underway.”

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About 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

The book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was released in 2001 along with “Quidditch Through the Ages”. 80% of the cover price of each book sold went to the charity, “Comic Relief”, and they have collected over $30 million (as of 2008) for children in need. The book was written to represent the actual school book that Harry Potter used during his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and even includes little drawings and notes from Harry, Ron and Hermione. This book also gives you information on all of the magical creatures found in the Harry Potter series and even introduces new ones, such as the Fwooper. The Fwooper is a bird that sings a song that will drive any witch or wizard to insanity and requires a Silencing Charm to keep it as a pet! “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is definitely a must-have for any hardcore Harry Potter fan!

“Quidditch Through the Ages”

Another must have is the Hogwarts library book “Quidditch Through the Ages”. Learn all about the history of the wizarding world's most popular sport! In this book you will discover when the first broomsticks were used, learn about other broom games, and see how the game of Quidditch grew over the years! Did you know that the snitch originally started out as a small bird called a “Golden Snidget”? Read all about it in the book that Harry and all his friends read at Hogwarts!

Listen to Hermione Read 'The Tales of The Three Brothers'

“The Tales of Beedle the Bard”

The final Harry Potter book that every potterhead needs in their collection was made popular in the seventh book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” when it was bequeathed to Hermione by Albus Dumbledore. It is a book of popular wizarding fairy tales for children. One of the stories in the book, “The Tale of the Three Brothers”, was a large part of the final book and gave the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione) important clues as they got closer to defeating Lord Voldemort. Discover this story and all the other fairy tales that wizarding children grew up reading in “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”!

On the video to the right you will see a clip from the movie in which Hermione tells the story of The Tale of the Three Brothers.

Other New J. K. Rowling Books...

After releasing these Harry Potter books, J. K. Rowling decided to try her hand at adult novels and in September of 2012, released her first non-Harry Potter novel, “The Casual Vacancy”. The novel starts off with the death of parish councillor, Barry Fairbrother. As the town of Pagford try to find a successor to take his place, it's deepest secrets surface and the entire town is left in turmoil. With language, prostitution, rape and drugs, this book is definitely not for children to read and is a huge change from the stories we are used to hearing from Miss Rowling. In 2014, this book will make it's BBC television drama debut.

This past year, Rowling decided to release a new novel under a false name to see what reaction she would get from readers who did not know it was her. “The Cuckoo's Calling” was released under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith in April 2013 and sold less than 10,000 copies. Those who read it left many reviews claiming that they believed it to be the work of a famous author using a pseudonym because they found the book to be so well written. In July, the book sky-rocketed to the number 1 best-selling novel on Amazon after it was revealed that Rowling was the true author.

“The Cuckoo's Calling” is Rowling's first crime novel and focuses around the death of a young model, Lula Landry. Miss Landry's adoptive brother, John Bristow, believes that her death was not an accident and hires a private investigator to help solve the crime. It has received mixed reviews from fans. Many of them absolutely love this book and find it to be extremely well written. While others claim that it's too descriptive and don't think that her style of writing works well with adult novels and should be kept to good use in her children/young adult novels. J. K. Rowling has since announced that she will be continuing this series of crime novels under the same pseudonym and will be publishing a sequel in 2014.

Potterhead Celebrations All-around!!!

These books make excellent additions for any Harry Potter/J. K. Rowling fan! Potterheads, join the celebrations! Butterbeer all around! Harry Potter is back! Woot! Woot! Stay tuned for more information on the next movie from the magical world of Harry Potter!

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    • ria-majumdar profile image


      4 years ago from Manipal

      This article is very well written. :) I love the Harry Potter Universe but I haven't yet read the accessory books. I shall definitely read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages someday.

    • Nicole Froio profile image

      Nicole Froio 

      5 years ago from Rio de Janeiro

      Done! Likewise :) x

    • Nimesh De Silva profile imageAUTHOR

      Nimesh De Silva 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment Nicole Froio. Follow me if you like my hubs.

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      Nicole Froio 

      5 years ago from Rio de Janeiro

      I love Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It's funny and has loads of inside jokes. I actually wrote a piece here on hub pages speculating what the movie will be about:

    • Nimesh De Silva profile imageAUTHOR

      Nimesh De Silva 

      5 years ago

      Yes, The Examiner-1

      I'm sorry about that. This hub was written with Potterheads in mind. I believe Potterheads are the ones who will actually make an effort to read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book.

    • The Examiner-1 profile image

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      I have not read the books or gone to the theater I have only seen a few (?) Harry Potter movies on TV. I did like them. This was a good Hub for those are avid fans of Potter/Rowling though.


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