J.K. Rowlingby: Maya Khuzam

      J.K. Rowling, author of best-selling book series Harry Potter recently revealed her upcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, featuring Newt Scamander, author of the Hogwarts textbook of the same name. The film is expected to be the beginning of a new series of movies inspired by creatures and characters from the wizarding world.

            “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,” released Rowling in a statement from her Facebook page. “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.”

            Newt Scamander was first mentioned in Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Born in 1897, Scamander was sorted into the Hufflepuff house in his early days at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His mother, who was a Hippogriff breeder, encouraged him to become a magizoologist, a person who studies magical creatures. After graduating from Hogwarts, he worked for the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. He began writing “Fantastic Beasts” in 1918, and after nine years of traveling and collecting information about various magical creatures, his book was ready for publication.  It is also rumored that at one point in his life, he was headmaster of Hogwarts.

            This will be Rowling’s first time writing a screenplay, which guarantees an interesting take on the wizarding world. Carolyn Shamon, a Harry Potter fanatic of 13 years, believes the film will not differentiate much from the original films, but instead radiate Rowling’s imagination in new ways. Other fans have had concerns that Rowling is selling out, and the new film is more of a money scheme. Shamon remarked, “Rowling has been true to her books from the start. She made the HP series exactly how she wanted because she loves it. And this is a way she can revisit it while pleasing the fans.” 

            Harry Potter fans can expect an assortment of computer-generated creatures, such as dragons, werewolves, and Hippogriffs. Along with some rumored appearances by Albus Dumbledore, Mr. Ollivander, Bathilda Bagshot, Auntie Muriel, and Professor Binns. Fans everywhere anticipate the refreshing mystical adventure, the new film promises.