Last week it was revealed that J.K. Rowling would be adding to the Potterverse and her pocketbook when she Facebooked us all that she would be writing a new series of films for Warner Bros. about the adventures of Newt Scamander, the author of one of the text books used at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Rowling went on to explain that the new films would be neither prequels nor sequels but extensions "of the wizarding world." The films are said to begin about 70 years prior to the events of the Harry Potter films and came to be when WB asked Rowling about turning the book into a film. Apparently, Rowling started thinking and then decided her idea and her passion for the wizarding world would work better than handing the reigns over to someone else.
I'm on the fence about the idea and, I suppose, I will be until I see the film. I love the Potter books and films and what Rowling created was nothing short of genius. Her work has given rise to countless other series of books that have given young readers all sorts of great options to grow up into huge nerds. I'm sure she'll craft something nice here, but I'm just worried that it may be unable to live up to the expectations that are sure to surround it. Either way, I'm sure I will be in theaters with my kids to see the first film!