Harry Potter fans rejoice! A spinoff movie is in the works. The news was confirmed by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on Facebook:
Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
So the Harry Potter series gives way to the Newt Scamander series, which, for now, will be film only. All we know of the Harry Potter spinoff is that it will feature Scamander and that there will be some fantastic beasts within. The Harry Potter world is already chock full of fascinating creatures, and here are five that will hopefully make their way onto the screen.
The Hippogriff is already well known to fans of the Harry Potter movies, as one of them, Buckbeak, played a big role in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and stayed around in future installments as Sirius Black’s pet/buddy. The Hippogriff is similar to a griffin (though not a hippo) with the back side of a horse, and a front more like an eagle. They can fly, have giant talons and nasty beaks. They can be friendly toward humans, but get to know one first before you walk up and give it a hug. As an awesome looking beast that Harry Potter fans already have a personal connection to, expect the mighty hippogriff to make an appearance.
In the Wizard world, the salamander is not a small newt-like amphibian, it is a creature born from and sustained by fire. They can live outside of fire for up to six hours, but hot peppers sustain them a little longer. Visually fantastic and great for plot devices, amIright? The great thing about the Harry Potter universe is that it’s full of these untapped beauties that lend themselves to excellent plot twists.
The demiguise is something that shows up in any fantasy story (kidding): it’s a gorilla-like creature that can turn invisible. Again: visually fun and nifty plot possibilities (they have to convince the demiguise to turn invisible and steal the spicy peppers so that they can transport the salamander…hey J.K. Rowling, you want some help on that script you just give me a call). There’s also a conservation message waiting to happen in any plot involving a demiguise: they are hunted because their fur can be woven into an invisibility cloak (which loses power over time, unlike Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak).
Thestrals are the spooky flying horses that are in every Harry Potter book, but only become visible to Harry after the fourth one, because you can only see them if you have seen death. Thestrals, like hippogriffs, are winged quadrupeds that have had their due in the books, but they are unique and beautiful enough to deserve a second, deeper look by Newt Scamander.
Every story could use an evil piglet, right? The nogtail looks like a piglet except for its evil black eyes. It sneaks into a farmhouse, suckles from the mama pig and curses the whole farm. Farmers everywhere fear the nogtail. Unlike the others, the nogtail is not as visually enticing, nor as fun to insert into a plot (unless there’s some kind of agrarian subplot), but the thought of an evil piglet messing with everyone’s plans is kind of hilarious.
Which fantastic beasts do you want to see in the Harry Potter spinoff? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll whip up a first draft for J.K. Rowling by next week.