Harry Potter Spinoff Films Confirmed, J.K. Rowling to Pen "Extension of the Wizarding World"

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Harry Potter lives! Sort of!

In an unexpected piece of movie news, J.K. Rowling has announced that she'll make her screenwriting debut by penning a series of films based on the fictional Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

In a Facebook post, the author explained how she's "protective" of textbook scribe Newt Scamander and told Warner Bros. that she'd like a crack at turning his work into a movie.

"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.," Rowling explained, adding of the project:

"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.

J.K. Rowling at London Premiere
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

"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."

Interesting, Intriguing. TOTALLY AWESOME.

No release date or production date has been announced for the first film, but it's safe to say we reacted to this announcement just like Dumbledore in the following GIF:

Dumbledore GIF
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I am absolutely thrilled about this! We get to fall in love with some completely new characters and maybe a younger Dumbledore and we can meet Grindelwald.. Just a thought... wouldn't that be great?

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@joy must come from "pure blood". Lol!

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jJoy is right , u dummies --- and u are real dummies - don't know shit frim shinola ..

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@JOY calm your tits, and how is it "unamerican"? You're just another uneducated, racist sack of skin that always has a complaint about America, its GOOD to let your kids have interests, ya know, get off of your high horse, turn off the caps lock, and sit the fuck down.

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I DON'T KNOW WHO'S BUYING THAT DRUID , UGLY, PERVERTED CRAP , BUT IT ISN'T ANYONE I KNOW !!1 WE'D NEVER EXPOSE ARE KIDS TO THAT FILTHY ENGLISH WEIRDO SHIT !!!! VIOLENT , UNAMERICAN , OLD , UNREALITY, MIXED RACIALS ... IT'S GOT IT ALL - NONE OF IT GOOD !!!

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@ JOY

I bet you've never read a page of the Harry Potter series. I'm sorry, but not having done so, you have zero right to judge. As a frequent reader of many, many books, I will tell you that the Harry Potter series is, by and large, one of the BEST series of books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is fiction, fantasy, make-believe - it in no way infringes upon any religion WHAT-so-ever. It is certainly not druid, ugly, perverted, filthy, violent, unamerican, or old. Unreal? Sure. It's called FICTION. Mixed racials? Welcome to the age of acceptance, my friend. Educate yourself and stop being ignorant, for the good of humanity.

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@ JOY

soo.....u must be white......SUCK A DICK!

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@ S

What does being white have to do with anything?

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@ JOY

What the fuck is wrong with u? U bible thumping weirdo. Welcome to 2013 u bigot.

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@ Bliss

You must lead a miserable life to attack people for no reason!

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@ Jimmy

^^@Joy

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getting rich............richer.......RICHEST!!

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@ abe

I don't know if you're serious or not, but americans in general are mixed from the get go. We are the melting pot society. Unless you're native american.

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@ vexan

abe, i didn't mean to send this to you, i meant to send this to joy.