new fantastic beasts story

Speaking as someone who is just as likely to read a history book as a fantasy novel, J.K. Rowling has managed to find my sweet spot in the lead-up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Although the trailers for director David Yates’ upcoming Harry Potter spin-off have certainly grabbed my attention, it’s been her stories about the history of the North American wizarding world that have really gotten me excited to return to this world. Blending existing mythology, history, and her own magic touches, Rowling has set a stage that couldn’t be more different than what we’ve seen before while also existing side-by-side with the lore established in the original Harry Potter novels and films.

Now, a new story detailing the history of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA) has debuted and man, I could read this kind of detailed fictional history forever.

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harry potter movie sequel

The Harry Potter books and film series may be over, but J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World continues to live on. There are the short stories and essays published on Pottermore. There is the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which explores this familiar universe in a different time and place. And then there is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the ambitious stage play sequel to the original series currently dominating the London theater scene that Warner Bros. says won’t get a film adaptation anytime soon (but go ahead and ask them again in ten years).

So when someone asks film series star, Daniel Radcliffe, if he’d be willing to reprise his role as Harry Potter for a new movie, it’s all theoretical. But let’s face it – chances are strong you’re curious about what he says. It’s okay. You’re only human, and a Muggle at that.

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J.K. Rowling Harry Potter Sketches

Even though J.K. Rowling has said that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marks the end of the story of The Boy Who Lived, that doesn’t mean she’s done given fans some little gems from the wizarding world she created so many years ago. By way of Pottermore, the author has unveiled some of the original sketches she created of characters such as Harry Potter, Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape and even Peeves the Poltergeist.

Check out the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter sketches after the jump. Read More »

Harry Potter eBooks

Harry Potter’s story came to an end nine years ago with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or so we thought at this time. In truth, the wizarding world has continued to thrive since the “last” Harry Potter book. This fall’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them picks back up with the Potterverse in a different time and place on the big screen, while this summer’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brought back Harry himself, now all grown up. And we’re still not done.

Pottermore announced today that a trio of “bite-sized eBooks” will arrive this fall under the banner Pottermore Presents. The books will dig deeper into Hogwarts, dishing out new stories about professors like Horace Slughorn and Minerva McGonagall and new details about Hogwarts itself.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Magical Creatures

This fall brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters, expanding the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created, complete with a screenplay written by the novel’s author herself. The most recent trailer finally laid out the basic premise of the story for us with some magical creatures escaping from Newt Scamander’s suitcase, leaving the wizard with the task of tracking them down before they wreak havoc on the non-magical world and reveal the wizarding community.

If you’re wondering what some of these magical creatures are in the aforementioned most recent trailer, Warner Bros. has revealed the names and a few details on them. One of them is even the symbol of one of the Ilvermorny wizarding school, the American equivalent of Hogwarts. Find out about the Fantastic Beasts magical creatures after the jump. Read More »

david heyman discusses fantastic beasts

We won’t see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for another few months, but Warner Bros. is already planning its next trip to the wizarding world. The studio has just set a 2018 release date for the next film in the Harry Potter spinoff/prequel series, which will once again be directed by David Yates from a script by J.K. RowlingRead More »

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Last night, midnight madness returned to book stores as the script for the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was made available as a book for readers to soak up as a makeshift eighth installment of the Harry Potter book series. Even though this is a much different piece of writing than Potter fans are used to reading, they still turned out in droves to find out what happens to The Boy Who Lived now that he’s a 37-year old father of three children and an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic.

With all this interest in Harry Potter emerging again, despite the fact that this isn’t a traditional addition to the stories of the wizarding world, can we expect the story of Hogwarts most famous student to continue? Unfortunately, author J.K. Rowling says that with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this weekend, “Harry is done now.” Find out what else the author had to say after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

We’re still a little under five months away from seeing how the Harry Potter cinematic universe expands with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The spin-off takes place about 80 years before the events of the Harry Potter film franchise, but this time over in the wizarding world of the United States. From the beginning, the film was said to be the beginning of a hopeful trilogy, and now we have further confirmation that’s still the plan. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay

This fall will bring the first in a hopeful new series of Harry Potter spin-off films with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It also marks the first time J.K. Rowling has written a screenplay adapting her own wizarding world for the big screen. And that’s enough for publishing companies Little, Brown & Company and Scholastic to package the script as a book for fans to add to their shelves alongside the rest of their Harry Potter books.

Find out when you can get the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay book after the jump. Read More »

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fantastic beasts and where to find them trailer breakdown

I’m not shy about my love for the Harry Potter books and their film adaptations, which is why Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made my list of most anticipated films of 2016. I’m excited to explore another corner of J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world. I’m glad that director David Yates is back. I’m very curious to see how Rowling herself fares in her screenwriting debut. So naturally, I had to go through the new trailer frame-by-frame and collect my thoughts and observations on this still-mysterious movie.

Story details that have already been revealed and idle speculation lurk below, so proceed with caution.

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