September 17th, 2013 by Nancy
If you haven’t… OMG THERE’S A NEW HP MOVIE COMING! I know we’ve joked around before, but this is the real deal: J. K. Rowling herself is adapting the Harry Potter companion book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a screenplay featuring Fantastic Beasts’ fictional author, Newt Scamander.
From the official press release, she says:
“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.”
A refresher course on our new hero, Professor Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, the magizoologist who wrote the Hogwarts required textbook:
- He was born in 1897, sorted into the Hufflepuff house at Hogwarts.
- He became a magizoologist at the encouragement of his mother, who was a breeder of hippogriffs.
- After graduating from Hogwarts, Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic, where he worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. His career included the creation of the Werewolf Register of 1947, the 1965 passage of the Ban on Experimental Breeding, and many research trips for the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau.
- He traveled all around the world to hundreds of countries to research magical creatures for Fantastic Beasts, which was written in 1918… with a foreword by Albus Dumbledore!
- At some point in his life, he was headmaster of Hogwarts.
- He died sometime between July 31st, 1991 and December 18, 1992, about the time Harry Potter started his first year of Hogwarts.
- His grandson, Rolf Scamander, eventually married one of Ravenclaw’s brightest (and definitely the most unique), Luna Lovegood.
Of course, we’re all abuzz on who should be playing Newt Scamander on the silver screen — Karen suggested Jake Gyllenhaal (really, just because she likes looking at his face), but I’m partial to Ben Whishaw, an up and coming British actor who was in the newest James Bond movie. Obviously, the actor will be British. Get with it, Karen!
There’s no news on when the movie will be released, when it’ll start filming, or who the cast will be — but tune in to Kidsmomo for any exciting news! For now, we’ll just have to go back to studying Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for clues on what kind of adventures and creatures Newt Scamander will encounter. What are your predictions for the movie?