Rowling writes script for Potter movie spin-off
JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut in a spin-off film based on a minor character in her 'Harry Potter' books, called 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.
The film is inspired by the textbook of the same name given to pupils at Hogwarts school, and will feature its fictitious author, Newt Scamander. It is the first in a planned series of films based on the character. The film will start in New York, 70 years before the Harry Potter story begins. Writing on her Facebook page, Ms Rowling said: "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', realised by another writer was difficult." The last film in the series, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2', took in £23m (€27.3m) at the box office in the UK and Ireland in its first weekend.