New Harry Potter Movie Featuring None of the Original Cast Okayed by Warner Bros.

newt scamander illustrationIf I were you ask you if a movie set “in the Harry Potter universe” but without Ron, Harry, Hermione, Snape, the Keebler Elf, Mary Poppins, Looney Toonbad and the gingersnap twins is still a Harry Potter movie, you’d say no, right?

Me too. But Warner Brothers have given the green light to an adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with a screenplay by the author, J.K. needs-no-introduction Rowling.

The film, which takes place in New York 70 years before Harry and friends, will feature magizoologist/author Newt Scamander.

“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,” Rowling said in a statement.

If you’re looking for a premise, Scamander had many adventures with winged and horned creatures between working at the Ministry of Magic and writing, eventually moving on to a prestigious job as headmaster of Hogwarts, according to Harry Potter Wiki.  Continue reading “New Harry Potter Movie Featuring None of the Original Cast Okayed by Warner Bros.”

J. K. Rowling Wrote a Crime Novel Under a Male Pseudonym

The cuckoo's calling coverIn April of this year, a first-time author named Robert Galbraith released a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling through Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown that received rave reviews.

Turns out, the person behind Cuckoo’s Calling is not the debut of some former military official, as “his” bio suggested, but Britain’s favorite modern-day author, J.K. Rowling.

The mother of Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore and so many other iconic wizards and witches confessed the truth after London’s Sunday Times received an anonymous tip about her pseudonym.

From The New York Times:

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said in a statement. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”  Continue reading “J. K. Rowling Wrote a Crime Novel Under a Male Pseudonym”

J.K. Rowling’s Adult Book Venture

Harry Potter billionaire J.K. Rowling wants to separate herself from the thing she is most famous for. She has a new publisher in Little, Brown and is looking to mature her storytelling in what she calls a “new phase.”

“As her new book is for a different audience, and marks a new literary direction for her, it made sense to separate the two and for her new book to be launched by a different publisher,” said Neil Blair, her agent.

LB publisher David Shelley described the next phase in Rowling’s career as a way to introduce her writing to new readers all over the world. I doubt there’s anyone alive who isn’t familiar with her, but people keep buying Adele’s 21 and it’s over a year old, so I suppose anything is possible.