J.K. Rowling Is Writing That ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off Series You Wanted

You should probably hold your hands tightly over your ears for the next few moments so your head doesn’t blast off into orbit. According to her Facebook page, J.K. Rowling will be making her screenwriting debut with “an extension of the wizarding world” called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

“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. . . That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros. . . I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. 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.”

The author also notes that it’s the start to a potential series of films, and that the first kicks off in New York 70 years before Harry gets that first owl invitation to Hogwarts.

If this really turns into a series (and why wouldn’t it?), I’m psyched for The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection only slightly more than Quidditch Through the Ages. Now you can let your head explode.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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