Writing Gives Context and Backstory to Warner Bros. Pictures’
Upcoming Feature Film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–‘History of Magic in North America’, the first instalment from a
collection of new original writing by J.K. Rowling entitled Magic
in North America, will be published on pottermore.com over four
days, beginning today through March 11. This new writing promises to
enlighten readers about a previously unexplored corner of the wizarding
world, taking us into the lives of North American witches and wizards;
their history and their magic, and introduces audiences to a new era of
the world that J.K. Rowling has created.
‘History of Magic in North America’, available exclusively on
pottermore.com, sets the scene for the upcoming feature film Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them, which marks J.K. Rowling’s
screenwriting debut. The film is an all-new adventure starring Eddie
Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander who arrives in New York in
1926. The film will be released in the UK on November 18, 2016.
The first piece of writing from ‘History of Magic in North America’ was
revealed today on pottermore.com, introducing readers to the origins of
the magical community of North America; divulging the truth behind the
legend of the skin walkers, wizards within the Native American
communities, and wandless magic.
The second piece, which will be posted tomorrow, March 9, uncovers the
dangers of being a North American witch or wizard in the seventeenth
century. On Thursday, March 10, the writing examines what drove the
North American wizarding community deeper underground in the eighteenth
century. The final section of ‘History of Magic in North America’, which
will be posted this Friday, March 11 takes us through to the Roaring
Each of the three remaining pieces of ‘History of Magic in North America’
will be posted on pottermore.com over the next three days, beginning
tomorrow at 2pm GMT.
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company from J.K. Rowling, is the global digital publisher of Harry
Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As the digital heart of J.K.
Rowling’s Wizarding World, pottermore.com is dedicated to unlocking the
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new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling.
About J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of
seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450
million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories
and translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight
She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch
Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
in aid of Comic Relief; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid
of her children’s charity Lumos.
In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital entertainment and e-commerce company
Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and
immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world.
Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was
published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Her
crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were
published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm)
and 2015 (Career of Evil), and are to be adapted for a
major new television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and
J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as
an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure
and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of her charity
Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard.
In addition to making her screenwriting debut with the film Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling is currently
collaborating on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Parts I & II, which will open in London’s West End in the summer
of 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack
Thorne, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and
About Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure
returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Oscar
winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the
central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the
direction of David Yates.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt
Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an
extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a
brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not
for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical
case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could
spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine
Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon
Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and
The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose script was
inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.
The film reunites a number of people from the Harry Potter
features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves
and Lionel Wigram.
Opening November 18, 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros.
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