While rabid Harry Potter fans across the world squealed with excitement at the prospect of a spinoff from the film franchise, some wondered just how an adaptation of “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them” would work.
After interviewing David Heyman, who produced all eight “Harry Potter” films, “Entertainment Weekly” has the answers.
Although the source material is essentially an encyclopedia of said beasts, according to “EW,” “Fantastic Beasts” will “follow magizoologist Newt Scamander, a professor of magical creatures, and take place 70 years before Harry’s journey began.”
J.K. Rowling herself is writing the script as part of a new deal she signed to mark her screenwriting debut, and if successful, the film could spark a new franchise set in the wizarding world.
“What you read in the books was just the surface of her knowledge,” Heyman said. “She had notebook upon notebook of stuff. I would call her and say, ‘What’s the sixth use of dragon’s blood?’ and she’d have it at her fingertips.”
Aside from the seven-part “Harry Potter” series and “Fantastic Beasts,” Rowling could also tap into the previously-published “The Tale of Beedle the Bard” and “Quidditch Through the Ages” for future movies. What do you think of the plans for “Fantastic Beasts”?