'Harry Potter' Spinoff Film To Be Screenwitten by JK Rowling

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Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 08:17 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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J.K. Rowling, who has made millions writing her "Harry Potter" book series that led to wildly successful movies, will now try her hand at screenwriting a Potter spinoff.

The spinoff is based on a 2001book Rowling wrote as a partner to her regular Potter series, called "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," reported the Los Angeles Times.

The spinoff will take place in New York 70 years before Potter's arrival at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardary. It will focus on Newt Scamander, who wrote the fictitious Hogwarts textbook which is the title of the movie, according to the Times.

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Rowling said that everything from the creatures, to the laws and customs of the movie will be familiar territory for Potter book and movie fans.

"I feel very protective of it, and I already knew a lot about Newt," Rowling told the Times. "As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood."

The Chicago Tribune reported that Harry Potter remains big business even though the last movie "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" was released in 2011. There are also Harry Potter theme parks, websites, videogames and consumer products.

More than 450 million Potters books have been sold worldwide, while its movies has grossed $7.7 billion in ticket sales globally.

"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," Rowling said.

Warner Bros. has distribution rights outside Britain, according to the Tribune.

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"We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses," said Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros CEO, told The Guardian. "We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us."

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