Break out the butter beer.
Fulfilling the wish of every child of the ’90s, J.K. Rowling announced Thursday that she’s signed a deal with Warner Brothers to write a new franchise of films set in the wizarding world.
For her first time writing directly for the screen, Rowling is running with an idea that appeared as a blip in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone more than 15 years ago. Her new films will focus on Newt Scamander, author of Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
But, because the story sets its scene in New York City in 1918, don’t expect the reappearance of any of Rowling’s original cast of characters.
Since publishing her last Harry Potter novel in 2007, Rowling has turned to the muggle world with The Casual Vacancy, a mystery met with mediocre success (it’s all relative) and The Cuckoo’s Calling, a crime novel which she released under the penname Robert Galbraith.
There’s no word yet on when Rowling’s return to magic will hit the screens.
~ Claire Oliver