Harry Potter Spin-Off Will Be a Film Trilogy

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J. K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is coming to the big screen.

Mar 31, 2014 | 11:50 AM

The magic begins. Again. 

J. K. Rowling's 2001 book, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," will be made into a new film trilogy

The book, originally billed as one of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks, follows the story of "magizoologist" Newt Scamander, a New York author of a guide to magical creatures. 

Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara persuaded author Rowling to adapt the book for the big screen.

"We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I'd thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting," said the author, who's sold over 450 million copies of her seven Harry Potter books worldwide.  

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is not the only Harry Potter spinoff out there. Rowling also wrote "Quidditch Through the Ages," a short book billed as another one of Harry Potter's schoolbooks. Additionally, another Potter spin-off book, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," was published in December 2008.

Cover: Warner Bros. Pictures 

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