'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Is Getting A Trilogy

03/30/2014 11:48 am ET | Updated Mar 31, 2014

In a New York Times interview with Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the paper reported that J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is slated for "three megamovies."

That is when Warner announced that Ms. Rowling had agreed to adapt for the big screen her “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a 2001 book billed as one of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbooks. Three megamovies are planned. The main character will be a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander. The stories, neither prequels or sequels, will start in New York about seven decades before the arrival of Mr. Potter and his pals.

It is thanks to Tsujihara that the "Harry Potter" world is making its return to theaters, convincing the author to bring her 54-page exploration of the creatures that inhabit the wizarding world to new life.

“When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” Rowling said of Tsujihara. “We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”

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