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This month’s news Warner Bros. would be making more Harry Potter movies was both surprising and expected. The expectation came from the fact the Potter franchise has grossed billions for the company and anyway to continue that would make sense. The surprise came from exactly how it was going to happen. J.K Rowling herself would be adapting a smaller, spin-off book she wrote in 2001 called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Originally conceived as a textbook Harry Potter owned at Hogwarts, Rowling’s new film will be set in the magical world, decades before Potter is born.

In recent weeks, Warner Bros. has trademarked “Fantastic Beasts” for every imaginable thing under the sun which, again, is expected. But the surprise is they’ve done the same for two other Potter spin-off books, suggesting they’re possibly looking at film adaptations down the road. Read More »

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The phrase “the next Harry Potter” has been used to describe franchises like Twilight and The Hunger Games, but in truth nothing’s quite been able to beat the original Harry Potter. The eight films have collectively grossed $7.7 billion at the worldwide box office, and that’s not even counting the money coming in from the various tie-ins, events, theme park lands, and so on.

It was only a matter of time, then, before Warner Bros. figured out a way to dive back into Harry’s world of wizardry. The studio announced today that it is developing a spinoff feature inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. J.K. Rowling will write the screenplay. ”It is planned as the first picture in a new film series,” says a press release.

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A year and half after Harry Potter and Voldemort had their final showdown at the movies, author J.K. Rowling is getting ready to head to the small screen. The BBC has struck a deal to adapt The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s first post-Potter work and her first adult publication. Don’t expect golden Snitches and hippogriffs this time around — the book is a relatively realistic affair, set in contemporary non-magical (some would say Muggle) England. More details after the jump.

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A nugget of hope for what would be the most anticipated sequel of all time is just one of the many things in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • Tim Burton and Winona Ryder didn’t sound enthused about Beetlejuice 2.
  • Take a peek at the Reaping stage from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and read where the beach scenes will be filmed.
  • Sin City: A Dame To Kill For just picked up international distribution.
  • Jude Law says Sherlock Holmes 3 is more a matter of “when” and not “if.”
  • Rian Johnson answers the big question: Will there be a sequel to Looper?
  • J.K. Rowling said she’d do another Harry Potter book if she had a “great idea.”

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When an author sells almost half a billion books and nets well over a billion dollars, they can pretty much do whatever they want. For Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, that means she’s going to grow up. She announced Thursday that Little, Brown and Company will publish a brand new book she’s been working on aimed at adults. There’s no word just yet on a title, subject or release date but more information will be revealed later this year. You can, however, read her statement after the jump. Read More »

Before the July 2007 release of JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, one of the major points of discussion was which characters the author would kill. Would Harry make it through? Which side characters would be offed? In the end, though Rowling did kill a handful of name characters, she was mostly merciful. Especially with her leads. However, in a new interview, she admitted she was toying with the idea of killing Ron Weasley. Read more after the jump. Read More »

What happens when a studio dedicates a decade to adapting one of the most popular novel series in the world, and does so with an eye for quality? In the case of Harry Potter, the result is a massive payoff. Warner Bros. upset its own record for the biggest domestic opening weekend box office take, set by The Dark Knight in 2008, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opened to a $168.5 million domestic haul and earned nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. Read the numbers below. Read More »

Though the book series has long since ended, and there’s only one month to go until the eight-part film series closes as well, fans who have been mourning the end of the Harry Potter franchise can perk up again. A mysterious new website called Pottermore.com suggests that we may be getting, yes, more Potter sometime in the future — though in what capacity we’ll be getting more Potter is not yet quite clear. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling launched the cryptic website yesterday, one month ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘s July release. Read more after the jump.

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