J.K. Rowling to Write a Harry Potter Spinoff Movie

Where's Harry? (Not born yet.) Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

To be clear: Harry Potter will not be in the film; it is "neither a prequel nor a sequel"; and you will not have to relive that cheesy epilogue in movie form. But J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. are teaming up again, for a film series inspired by a fictional textbook used at Hogwarts. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be set in the wizarding world but will "start in New York, seventy years before Harry's [story] gets underway." (So Rowling is writing her own Hobbit, basically.) The first movie will follow Newt Scamander, the textbook's author, so expect lots of hippogriffs and stuff. Maybe a Hagrid cameo? You like wizard zoos, right?