J.K. Rowling announces she will continue to write Harry Potter films for Warner Bros.

J.K. Rowling announces she will continue to write Harry Potter films for Warner Bros. 1


J.K. Rowling has announced that she will continue to write a series of movies, not books based on the world of Harry Potter.  The first one will be titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  

Here is J.K.’s explanation of the book:
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 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.”

The film will not be a sequel or a prequel in the original Harry Potter films, rather its own entity in the Harry Potter world.  The story of Newt Scamander actually starts 70 years before Harry’s storyline even begins.

Now, one is to ask, does this mean more Harry Potter for the Universal theme parks?  Possibly.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has already been announced for Japan and California, so Harry Potter is far from being a thing of the past.  The new expansion of WWOHP at Universal Studios Florida is set to open next year, with new sections featuring Diagon Alley and London.  An expansion of the existing area over at Islands of Adventure would be possible.  One possible area of expansion would be the rest of The Lost Continent, which was already partially demolished to make way for Hogsmeade.  We will have to wait and see if Universal and Warner Bros. have anymore plans for Harry Potter after the newest Harry Potter area opens up next year at Universal Studios Florida.

Do you think we will see more Harry Potter at the parks?



Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed