J.K. Rowling has announced there will be a new series of Harry Potter spinoff films based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a fictional textbook used by the students at Hogwarts.
This is where I'm hoping I don't have to explain that Hogwarts isn't real, which might be kind of like telling a Trekkie they should stop crying over Vulcan being destroyed because, after all, Vulcan doesn't really exist (shhh - let them down gently).
According to the Superficial.com, Rowling will write the screenplays herself for Warner Bros. Rowling reportedly wrote on Facebook:
"It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of 'Fantastic Beasts', realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
As I considered Warners' proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros."
Did anyone understand that? I hope so. So what happens to the little kid with glasses?
Rowling also reportedly wrote "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."
OK ... so that was the kid with glasses ... right?
No timetable has been set for the films yet, according to reports.