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J.K. Rowling confirms 'Harry Potter' spinoff movies

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: September 12, 2013 at 02:34 PM

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Warner Bros. and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are going back to the magical world of Hogwarts with a new movie series.

The studio and Rowling announced today that “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be the first in a series of films written by the author.

The films will be will be inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book's fictitious author and former Hogwarts headmaster, Newt Scamander.

The “Fantastic Beasts” story will be “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a statement posted to her official site, noting that the story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry Potter's story begins.

“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,” Rowling said in the statement, referring to her decision to write the script herself.

No details were announced on when production would begin or if any of the franchise's other characters would be returning.

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