J.K. Rowling: Screen Writer


By Brittany Thompson

Campus Life Editor


     Fans of widely the popular book and movie series, Harry Potter, have new reason to celebrate. J.K. Rowling shocked the fandom with news of a continuation of the magical wizarding world film franchise.   

     On Sept. 12, Rowling announced on her Facebook page, she will be “making her screenwriting debut with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ the first in a new film series.”  Rowling explains that the movie “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series”.   

     Instead, “Fantastic Beasts” “will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.” 

     Rowling continues, “Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway”. 

     The first Harry Potter novel was published June 1997, meaning Newt’s story will take place in early 20th century America.  

     Rowling discussed the origins of the new film series, 

     “It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts’ 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. 

     “As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

     “As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.” 

     Rowling’s final note reads, “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.”

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