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Supersizing the Potter Spin-Off

J.K. Rowling has said ''Fantastic Beasts'' is ''neither prequel nor sequel'' to her beloved Harry Potter series

Hippogriffs and Norwegian Ridgebacks got their bigscreen glory in the Harry Potter movies, but what about Billywigs, Puffskeins, and Glumbumbles? Last September Warner Bros. announced that the Potterverse would be expanding with a new creature feature based on J.K. Rowling's whimsical Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them — but now it's spawning a whole trilogy of "megamovies," according to The New York Times. The story will start in New York City, 70 years before Harry enrolled at Hogwarts, and follow the adventures of Newt Scamander, the intrepid magizoologist who traversed the world to pen Fantastic Beasts. A slim 88-page encyclopedia might sound like flimsy material for a trilogy, but Rowling has a brand-new story to tell in her wizarding world and is writing the screenplay herself. We have a lot of questions: Who will play Newt? (How about Theo James?) Will he cross paths with a young Dumbledore? The films won't just be a parade of creepy crawlies, right? In any case, better this than Quidditch Through the Ages.

Originally posted Apr 04, 2014 Published in issue #1306 Apr 11, 2014 Order article reprints
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