Big Screen Adaptation of Harry Potter Companion 'FANTASTIC BEASTS' to Be a Trilogy
Fans of the Harry Potter series will be happy today. As many who read the series know, J.K. Rowling published a novel called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2001 as a companion to her wildly successful Harry Potter novels. It has just been announced that that novel will now receive a big screen adaptation with a trilogy installment.
Die hard fans of the series (book not film) will know that the novel was released between the fourth and fifth books of the series and was marketed as Harry's textbook from Hogwarts.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times was the first to break the news after doing an article on Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Warner Bros. was the studio that released all the Harry Potter films. Fans may want to send Tsujihara a chocolate frog, as he is one of the main factors in the book getting the big screen treatment.
Rowling said, ""When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn't P.R.-speak but the literal truth," she told the Times. "We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I'd thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!"
The news of Beasts may sound familiar as there was an announcement made in the fall about the possibilities of a film, but this is the first time it has been announced as three films. Rowling also said of the newly planned trilogy, ""Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 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 at the time. "The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway."
Whether audiences want another film from the Hogwarts' universe is up for debate but one thing is for certain; it will make a lot of money. With Warner Bros. planning video games and new merchandise, along with expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, there will be no place in the next few years that won't take all of us back to our childhood and regret the day we never got out letter from Hogwarts.