Just when you thought J.K. Rowling had moved on from the wizarding world into conveniently leaked pseudonyms and more grown-up fiction, the announcement came this past Thursday that she would be writing the screenplay for a movie based on one of the Hogwart’s textbooks, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
While Rowling’s magical world of wizards is obviously no stranger to the big screen, this will be her first foray into screenwriting. Of course, fans can also expect all the usual accoutrement of consumer products like video games and other “digital initiatives.”
The film will take place 70 years before Harry got his first letter from Hogwarts and will focus on the story of Newt Scamander, the author of the textbook for the school’s third year Care of Magical Creatures course. Newt enjoyed quite the adventurous life, including fending off magical beasts with nothing but a traveling kettle. He was an employee of the Ministry of Magic and became a professor at Hogwarts, leading to his position as the hallowed headmaster of the famous school of wizardry.
As with all amazing news from the franchises we love, waiting is the hardest part. To take the sting out of the anticipation, we rounded up three books that will help fill you in on the universe of the wizarding world’s most famous magizoologist.
This new Hogwarts Library set is slated to release on October 29th, 2013, and will feature three of the classic textbooks used at Hogwarts that offer Muggles a unique chance to glean a little insight into the vast, detailed and extremely fun world of wizardry. Among the books in the collection is the one being made into the next J.K. Rowling film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The collection also includes Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
The textbook that will serve as the basis for the new film comes together as a set with another of Harry’s textbooks: Quidditch Through the Ages. Both texts are clever, witty, and fully of detailed insight.
A beautiful, stylish tribute to the making of the Harry Potter films, this book covers everything it took to bring the books from the text to the screen including costumes, actors and props. This highly detailed scrapbooky fan’s feast even comes with a copy of the Marauder’s Map. I solemnly swear that this book is awesome.
Those who enjoy going behind-the-scenes will also enjoy Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey.
While the epic showdowns between Gryffindor and Slytherin grab a ton of screentime, Hufflepuff remains a gentle reminder that “it’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” The most inclusive house values hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. With a badger for a mascot, who needs gryphons?
Hufflepuff’s about to get a lot more attention once folks catch on to the fact that our newest wizard hero, Newt Scamander, was a member of the house. As the sorting hat recites:
“You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil”
This beautiful, unique set of the Harry Potter boxed set features neat vintage-style book jackets that feature the signature Hufflepuff badger and house colors.
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