The announcement that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is hard at work on the screenplay for a new film set in the Harry Potter universe shocked the world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the recently announced film, will be based on the companion guide to the Harry Potter series written by Rowling herself.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them poses as a school book used by wizards attending Hogwarts. Written by Newt Scamader, a character in the Potter universe, beast expert, and former headmaster of Hogwarts, the book is a compendium of the fantastic and magical beasts found across the world.
The film version of the book will take place more than fifty years before the events of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is 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, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
According to SlashFilm and Bleeding Cool, Warner Brothers has moved ahead with filing trademarks for additional Harry Potter companion books, including Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beetle the Bard. Here’s a full breakdown of the trademarks filed for by WB:
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- “Author”/main character Newt Scamander
- Tales of Beetle the Bard
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- “Author” and Quidditch expert Kennilworthy Whisp
- Quidditch teams Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons, and Kenmare Kestrels
What does this mean? Well, it’s not surprising that WB is interested in making more Harry Potter films should Rowling’s latest venture succeed in the box office. The Harry Potter series was worth billions of dollars to WB, and if Rowling is able to duplicate the success of the first book and film series, WB will pounce on additional films. By filing for trademarks, they’ll be prepared the minute they’re ready to greenlight additional films.