Warner Bros. film studio announced on Thursday that they will collaborate with Harry Potter’s mastermind J.K. Rowling for a spin-off movie series. The title “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” is based on a textbook used by Potter in his first year at the series’ school of magic, Hogwarts.
The lead character will be ‘Newt Scamander’, author of the fictional text book.
Needless to say that Harry Potter fans were in a joyous frenzy following the news. Commonly known as Potter heads, millions of fans have been yearning for J.K. Rowling to continue writing on the boy wizard or anything related to Harry Potter.
For people who grew up reading the series and later its movies adaptations, “Fantastic Beasts” carries a great deal of sentimental value for Potterheads who claim that only they can understand.
Translated into more than 67 languages, the book sensation has sold over 450 million copies since the release of its first novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 1997, making it the most popular series of all time.
Warner Bros. turned it into eight-part feature films, which were released between 2001 and 2011. As if selling hundreds of millions of copies wasn’t enough, Harry Potter is the largest-grossing film franchise to date, raking in more than $7.7bn at the box office worldwide.
The Guardian reported that Rowling is writing the screenplay for the new series because Warner Bros was already planning spin-off films and she ‘felt very protective of her creation.’
Let’s take a look at what all the excited Potterheads have to say about the new films:
I'm so hyper about the new Harry Potter film!!!! Rowling is such a talented writer, I can't wait to see what happens!!— Bethia Atkinson (@Pen_Magic) September 13, 2013
The more I think about it, the more excited I am about the new Harry Potter universe film. Truly can't wait to experience that world again.— Jennifer Hanson (@MissJenh) September 12, 2013
THERE'S GOING TO BE A NEW HARRY POTTER FILM IM SCREAMING. Can't wait for Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them. :D— sherlock holmes ❁ (@Sarah_FTHC) September 12, 2013
just found about the new Harry Potter movies.my emotions r unstable. i cant wait OMG new Parts Jk.Rowling is officially writing a new HP <3— NOURHAN ™ (@NourSamii) September 12, 2013
There's gonna be a new Harry Potter inspired series let me just go cry I can't wait— carla (@carlaahhhh) September 12, 2013
J.K Rowling. Spinoff series. More harry potter. Wait while I go hyperventilate. And then cry tears of joy!— Weasley シ (@MyFandomMania) September 12, 2013
While there are millions who welcome the spin-off movies, there are critics who think it is just a way for Warner Bros. and maybe J.K. Rowling to make more money. The latter seems like a pointless argument since money is usually why filmmakers make movies.
JK Rowling announces spin off band wagon, recycling one good idea - lets save time, forbid her from doing anything and just send her money— Robin Shand (@robinshand) September 13, 2013
j k rowling is making a harry potter spinoff and will make all the money that has ever been printed— kanye (@nicolecstinson) September 13, 2013
"J.K. Rowling to expand world of Harry Potter with spin-off films" -_- She just wants more money...— Chris SC (@USCCHRIS) September 13, 2013
Not really sure how I feel about this. Seems more like a desperate attempt for Warner Bros. to get more money... http://t.co/Lk5efsCxGc— Hannah Chew (@HannahChewy) September 12, 2013
But Potterheads do not care as long as they get to lose themselves in the magical universe of Harry Potter again. This was probably the best answer on the internet to all critics of “Fantastic Beasts” out there.
@USCCHRIS shut up. Fucking muggle.— Nefilim (@JuanjoBogado) September 13, 2013