It has been announced that J.K. Rowling, famous author of the highly acclaimed Harry Potter book and film series, will be teaming up with Warner Bros. studios again to deliver a Harry Potter spinoff series. The story will follow Newt Scamander, author of “Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them”, a textbook used by Harry and his classmates in the original series which will be the title of the first film.
This story will be set 70 years before Harry’s adventure begins, so there will most likely be no mention of “The Boy Who Lived”. That said, it is possible that we may learn more about some of the older characters from the original series who were alive at or around that time, including some previous Headmasters of Hogwarts like Phineas Nigellus Black.
Unfortunately for fans like myself, who have been yearning for Rowling to write a prequel series involving all of our favorite characters in their youth, before Harry Potter was born, this will not be the case. This is a completely separate adventure that, although may mention a familiar name once or twice, will not revolve around the main, core characters that we already know and love.
In a statement in the Warner Bros. press release, Rowling said:
“It all started when Warner Brothers 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. 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 Brothers.”
As a Harry Potter fan, I am happy that we will be getting another taste and look at the wonderful, fictional, wizarding world that Rowling created. While it’s nice to be introduced to a fresh new story, I feel so attached to the characters of the previous series, due to how well Rowling wrote them, I feel like it may have been a better idea to give fans a film series that explained what happened before Lord Voldemort visited Godric’s Hollow that Halloween night. There were obviously flashbacks that explained certain elements of this time in the original series, but I think she could have made the Harry Potter series an epic if she were to pen a prequel series.
I do understand why she has not, and probably will not, write a prequel, the original series has closure, and to open that back up is a tough thing to ask for. All of that aside, I am still extremely excited to see a different side of the wizarding world and the fresh, new characters and settings that she creates.