by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Potter-philes rejoice! JK Rowling will be returning to the world she created in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone for all you Brits). But instead of making a comeback to the printed page she’s finishing the final tweaks on her screenplay for the movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, based on her book of the same name. This will be Rowling’s first attempt at writing a screenplay.
While not confirmed by name, Rowling did announce via Twitter that she was finishing tweaking a screenplay. With production company Warner Bros. having announced a November 18th 2016 release date for the movie it can be assumed that this is what JK was hinting at.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is not a sequel or prequel to the films that we’ve seen before. The film will take place about seventy years before Harry Potter’s time and focus on Newt Scamander, author of the textbook of the same name as the film. This textbook is given to first year students and covers many of the creatures they will encounter in Magizoology.
Director David Yates, who oversaw the last four movies of the original Harry Potter universe, is returning to take the helm once again. I enjoyed the direction the Potter movies took under Yates’ control. The concluding chapters of Harry Potter’s life forced him to make some very grown up decisions and Yates found a way to show us that by slowly changing the visual tone of the film, from the bright and carefree innocence of childhood to the more bleak and mundane world of adulthood.
With this being the first of at least three new promised Potter-verse films, fans of the fantastic realms brought to us by the mind of JK Rowling have much to be happy for. I, for one, loved the creatures in the Harry Potter films. Any chance to see more of them is welcomed by me with open arms.
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