Muggles, Rejoice! J.K. Rowling Announces Plans for New 'Harry Potter'-Inspired Films

Fans are celebrating as the famed author has unveiled her newest wizarding venture

Get excited, wizarding world!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is launching a new career as a screenwriter, partnering with Warner Bros. to create a series of Harry Potter-inspired movies, the first entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film will feature a character named Newt Scamander, who was the author of one of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbooks. 

"It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film," Rowling wrote on her Facebook page. "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 favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood."

Rowling made it clear that the new series of films will be "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. 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."

The deal includes Fantastic Beasts developments for videogames and theme parks, and additions to Pottermore.com (Rowling’s site committed everything Harry Potter) as well.

Warner Bros. will also serve as worldwide distributor of The Casual Vacancy, Rowling's first novel penned for adults, which is being adapted into a TV miniseries by the BBC.

Isha Thorpe is an iVillage contributing writer. Find her on Twitter and Google + for all the celeb 411.

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