J.K. Rowling on Why She Decided to Return to Wizarding World of Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling on Why She Decided to Return to Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Author says “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be its own unique thing

When J.K. Rowling agreed to do a series of Harry Potter companion books over a decade ago, she was looking to do a good deed and raise money for the anti-poverty charity, Comic Relief.

The resulting compendium of spells, glossaries of fantastical terms and history lessons about the art of wizardry inadvertently provided the germ for a new film series that producer Warner Bros. hopes will be another billion-dollar series of blockbusters.

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On Thursday, Rowling and Warner Bros. stunned the world by announcing that the best-selling novelist will give screenwriting a crack and will adapt her book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the screen. The film is not a sequel or a prequel to the Potter adventures, but it is set in the same fictional universe. Rowling said it will serve as “…an extension of the wizarding world.”

It will focus instead on Newt Scamander, the author of a textbook Harry and his friends use at Hogwarts and his NYC based adventures 70 years prior to Potter's standoff with ”He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.”

In a statement, Rowling said she was approached by Warner Bros. about the possibility of making a movie from “Fantastic Beasts” and realized she couldn't bear to surrender her creation to another writer.

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“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,” Rowling said. ” Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt.”

Rowling said she was so fond of Newt that she married off his grandson, Rolf, to one of her favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, the perpetually looney Luna Lovegood.

It was while mulling over the prospect to a return to the Potter world that Rowling said she came up an idea took she “couldn't dislodge,” and ended up pitching her own vision for the series to Warner Bros.

“I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it,” Rowling said.

It's a safe bet legions of Potter-maniacs are pretty stoked to have her spin her magic once more.

  • Jim

    In other words: HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Charles

    Wanted to point out that “Fantastic Beasts” is not a novel, it's an amusing parody of a textbook. The movie version apparently will be different, being about its “author” and giving him a story.
    She wrote 2 other books in the same vein, a history of Quidditch and a collection of fairy tales; the latter was involved in a memorable scene in DEATHLY HALLOWS.

  • The Wand

    Funny, somehow the little wizzards will try to make this movie about Harry. Even though she said, clearly, that it is not a prequel or sequel.

  • Quaro3

    I am glad to see her revisit her wizarding world. With her Harry Potter series, she brought an interest in reading to millions of kids throughout the world. Getting them to read was one of the best outcomes for her series. I am an elderly retired school teacher and enjoyed the series myself. Looking forward to seeing the development of this new venture.

    • TrampDorena

      muggle studies?

    • Allen Smith

      You should've been fired for introducing children to Rowling's trash… and you're old enough to know better, you old hag.

      • CatalinaThePirate

        O.O Gracious! That was rude, Smith. If you can't make a comment without attacking someone, you really shouldn't be posting on a public forum. Vitriol against someone you disagree with is just bad form, and it makes you look like a fool.

        It's incredibly sad that these days some “adults” think it's all right to insult other people with childish names. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, though. U.S. politicians do it every day in the process of trying to run the country, and now so do the easily led. VSF.

        • Allen Smith

          O.O Gracious, Good Morning! *snort, snort, snort… No, what is sad is that foolish old women like you, who haven't the foggiest concept of God, morality, or right and wrong, taught our children for an entire generation… THAT is truly sad.

          Even worse is the fact that clueless imbeciles like you, who led our children away from the path, proudly stand with chest puffed out, boasting about their great service when, in fact, you've led untold numbers into occultism.

          I'm not calling you a hag to be insulting… I'm calling you a hag because that's exactly what are–an old witch.

          • Jewel

            I'm a devout Christian and a huge fan of the Harry Potter Series. It is ridiculous to think that Harry Potter is an introduction into occultism. Have you read the series? If not, then you really do not know of what you speak.

  • Allen Smith

    “J.K. Rowling on Why She Decided to Return to Wizarding World of Harry Potter”
    Let's get honest, Rowling… it's because you're a greedy f*****g c**t.

    • checkyourfacts

      How dare you…..did you know she used to be on Forbes Billionaire's List until she donated over $160 million to various charities? Her philanthropy will continue to affect many of those in need until after she stops making money off of the Harry Potter series. She is in no way greedy.

      • Allen Smith

        How dare YOU… I guess it's not too difficult to cough up $160M when you have over $1B remaining… along with enough money being generated to replace it in a few months. She's not greedy? Then you are an imbecile with no clue of human nature. She is the epitome of greed, brainless dolt.