The "Harry Potter" franchise was a colossal success, both in soaring book sales and the film universe that Warner Bros. helped create. The final film in the franchise "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" released in 2011 and racked up over $1.3 billion worldwide, so it now comes as no surprise that the universe will be expanding shortly.
Warner Bros. just announced that they are re-teaming with series author J.K. Rowling for a new film franchise. The new series will reunite us with the marvelous world of witches and wizards, and is said to be inspired by Harry's Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
Rowling will be creating the new, original story as well as penning the screenplay, which marks her screenwriting debut. The series will feature many characters we will recognize from the original films, as well as introduce us to many new and colorful ones.
On the new chapters, Rowling stated, "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen 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."
She also added, "Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core 'Harry Potter' fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the 'Harry Potter' series, Luna Lovegood."
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