Harry Potter producer David Heyman has announced that JK Rowling is planning a spin-off about the wizardry boy with the lighting bolt scar.
The film won’t have anything to do with Harry or his dynamic duo or Hermonie and Ron, but rather will be about one of her lesser known books: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
The book is actually a Hogwarts textbook mentioned in the Harry Potter series, which Rowling went on to write in 2001.
The little book revolved around the character of Newt Scamander, the fictional author who wrote the textbook.
When discussing the adaptation, Rowling said that the book was an extension of the wizard world.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling.
“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”
Heyman, who produced all eight Potter films, also chimed in about the project.
“I can’t talk really about it yet,” he said. “All I can say is that it’s great. Jo had no need to go back to this universe or world. It’s not Harry Potter per se, but the world of Harry. She’s chosen to do so because she felt a need to tell a story. That she’s doing it means that it’s going to be very, very special.”
And just to confirm that Harry and co. won’t be returning to the big screen, Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe said he would not be turning up. “I’m sure they’re going to have a great time. I’m sure a lot of people will be really excited,” Radcliffe said. “I, needless to say, won’t be involved. I don’t know if any of us (the original Potter cast) will be. I know nothing about it.”