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JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off to be made into film trilogy

PTI  New York, March 31, 2014
First Published: 16:40 IST(31/3/2014) | Last Updated: 16:54 IST(31/3/2014)
Celebrated author JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be made into a film trilogy.

The film series will be based on a book, which was originally published in 2001 (between the fourth and fifth addition) and was originally billed as one of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks, reported New York Daily News.

Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara has reportedly persuaded Rowling to create the spin-off into a big-screen film series.

He said that "three mega movies" are being planned, which will follow a "magizoologist" named Newt Scamander.

Scamander is the writer of a guide to magical creatures and his adventures will be the focus of the first film in the upcoming series.

The movie adaption was first speculated last September and Rowling said that it even though it is set in the same wizard community of Harry Potter, "it is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world".

The spin-off story takes place 70 years before Harry Potter is ever introduced to the world, and will be set in New York City.

The original film franchises stars were Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, but they will not be appearing in the spin-off versions.

Rowling's vision that the new film will be separate from the Potter stories will offer something new to Harry Potter fans without losing the fictional world that is universally loved.
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