J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter universe, has decided to return to her fictional universe upon Warner Bros’ request. They want her to turn one of the Harry Potter companion books “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” into a film. She said that it was “an idea that [she] couldn’t dislodge.” In 2013, Rowling said that “the idea of seeing the character Newt Scamander […]realized by another author was difficult,” so she has confirmed that she will be writing the screenplay for the upcoming three films.
The book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was written for the Comic Relief Charity and published in 2001. According to the Harry Potter Wiki, “the premise is that the book had been released to the muggle world to help raise money for needy causes. It features a foreword by Albus Dumbledore.” J.K. Rowling wrote with the pen nameof her character Newt Scamander. The book discusses most of the known creatures of the magical world and gives a brief description of their appearance and behaviors. Throughout the Comic Relief Charity version are handwritten notes by Harry, Ron and Hermione. The wiki notes: “Several different editions have been published. Besides the one [with the Hogwarts crest], there is also a red-coloured paperback with art indicating the tome is ‘Property of Harry Potter,’ with ‘claw’ gashes through the cover material. This cover is also available in hardback, bought in a bulk set with ‘Quidditch Through The Ages.’”
J.K. Rowling posted a cryptic message on her official Twitter account on Oct. 6: “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” The solution, solved the next day, was “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.” Rowling later posted: “The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story. It isn’t part of the script, but sets the scene.” The message hinted that a good portion of the first film might take place and be filmed in New York. If that is true, then it would be the first time for America to take an active role in the Harry Potter universe. Emily Strong, a Ph.D. student at the University of Sheffield, solved the anagram. Rowling declared: “You are hereby christened the One True Hermione of Twitter. I am deeply impressed, that really wasn’t easy!”
Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, born in 1897, was a renowned Magizoologist. Scamander developed a keen interest in magical creatures at a very young age. His mother was a breeder of hippogriffs. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and, upon graduation, joined the Ministry of Magic. He spent two years in the Office of House-Elf Relocation then later joined the Beast Division. “In 1918, Scamander was commissioned by Augustus Worme of Obscurus Books to write ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’” the Harry Potter Wiki says. The book was received exceptionally well, and Hogwarts adopted his work as the textbook for the Care of Magical Creatures class. Upon recognition of his expertise in the Magizoology field, Scamander was awarded with the Order of Merlin, Second Class. “By the beginning of the 1990s, Harry Potter’s era, Scamander was retired and living in Dorset,” the wiki says. Rolf Scamander, supposedly Newt’s grandson, later married Luna Lovegood with whom he had twin sons, Lorcan and Lysander.
When asked for her reasons for returning, Rowling commented, “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.” It was announced on May 13, 2014 that the first film of the trilogy would be released on Nov. 18, 2016, while the second film would be released sometime in 2018, and the third film in 2020.