The Series That Lived: Harry Potter Spin-Off to Be a Movie Trilogy
Harry Potter fans have not one but three reasons to rejoice, as Warner Bros. has revealed that the movie spin-off based on the companion novel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a trilogy, and fans may have Warner’s new CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, to thank. The first news that the companion book, which Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote in 2001 as a way to raise money for charity, was to be made into a movie came out in the fall, and now a New York Times profile on Tsujihara has revealed that the book will actually spawn three films.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is one of the schoolbooks that Potter and friends are required to read for their classes at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s “written” by a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander and chronicles the strange creatures that are found in Rowling’s magical universe. Rowling herself is writing the screenplays. The movies will not be a continuation of Harry Potter’s story but will take place in the same magical world 70 years prior, in New York City.
“When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” Rowling said of Tsujihara in response to emailed questions from 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!”