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Harry Potter Spin Off Is Happening. No Joke, This Is a Brilliant Idea.   5 comments

J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers have announced that a Harry Potter spinoff film series is in the works, which will expand on the Harry Potter Universe.  The new films will be based on the the fictional text book that appears in the novels,   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and will include the book’s author, Newt Scamander, as the protagonist.  Rowling will also make her screen writing debut on this film.

Rowling is now officially licensed to print money.

Rowling is now officially licensed to print money.

via jkrowling.com

While I maintain that Hermione is the best choice for a spinoff series I can not deny that this is an atrociously good idea. This movie is going to do well and the new series is going to make a lot of people a lot of money.    In the hour since the announcement the internet has already started exploding.

The fictional text that will serve as the basis for this film was first mentioned in the novels before a real life version was sold to support UK charity Comic Relief along with another book, Quidditch Through the Ages.

According to Rowling the fictional author, Scamander, was one of her favorite characters,  which is what prompted her to take on the role of screen writer. In her announcement she said:

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.

And who could blame her of being protective of such a handsome guy?

And who could blame her of being protective of such a handsome guy?

via harrypotter.wikia.com

Rowlings also explained that the film will take place 70 years before Harry’s adventures, and jump off with Scamander as a young man in New York City.  So same universe, but no over lap in the story.  Although I am sure there will be enough references to the original series thrown in, beyond just the rules and regulations of magic, to make the audience happy.

The Harry Potter films grossed $7.7B at the world wide box office in the 10 years that the eight films were being produced on an estimated $1.155B budget.  That’s… that’s so much money.  That’s over $6.5B is profit.  Kind of shocking that it took two years to announce a new movie.  Well, leave them wanting more I guess! It is going to pay off because this movie is going to make bank, even if its bad.  Which it probably won’t be, but I’ve never seen any of those movies, so who am I to say?

UPDATE- 9/12/13 11:15 AM

A little more elaboration on why I think this movie will be good, without having read the books or seen the other movies.

A friend asked me: Sam, I am lost. Please tell me how to feel about this.

To which I said: If you like Harry Potter, feel good! JK has never done anything to lead me to believe that she lacks integrity so it is a good sign that she is keeping creative control. If you don’t like Harry Potter I would go with indifference.

Going to see this when it comes out? Excited? Or is this just Warner Bros looking to pry peoples wallets open? Tell me below!

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5 responses to “Harry Potter Spin Off Is Happening. No Joke, This Is a Brilliant Idea.

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  1. This does sound pretty interesting, and not like the typical cranked-out expanded universe tie-in BS that some studios love to make. I am sad that it isn’t a wizard-ified version of Walking Tall featuring Neville Longbottom in the Buford Pusser role, though. That would be AMAZING.

  2. Pingback: Harry Potter and the Warner Bros Franchise Opportunities | The L. Palmer Chronicles

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