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JK Rowling to pen screenplay for new Harry Potter-inspired film series

Story by Jack Foley

JK ROWLING is to write her first screenplay for a potential new film series that is inspired by her own Harry Potter novels.

Warner Bros. Entertainment has announced that the new film will be drawn from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Describing their relationship with the author as an “expanded creative partnership”, the announcement went on to reveal that the story will cover the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and will feature creatures and characters familiar to Potter fans.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said in the statement: “We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses.

“She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”

Rowling herself stated: “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.

“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, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Rowling’s partnership with Warner Bros extends beyond the new film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio will also serve as the worldwide TV distributor of her forthcoming TV adaptation for the BBC of The Casual Vacancy, her best-selling first adult novel.

The mini-series is due to begin production in 2014.

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