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JK Rowling to write Harry Potter spin-off movies & other Potter news

The boy who lived continues to refuse to die. Two Harry Potter-themed stories today. Firstly, JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut by penning a new Harry Potter-themed spin-off movie series, reports the BBC.

The first film will be called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Newt Scamander – the fictional author of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a magical textbook studied at Hogwarts School – will be the main character. This fictional book was actually published in 2001 with the profits being donated to the Comic Relief charity.

“It all started when Warner Bros came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film,” said Rowling. “I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realised by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Secondly, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe revealed the books that have most inspired him, according to the Daily Telegraph.  They are The Old Man and the Sea, Germinal, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Master and Margarita and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Emile Zola’s Germinal is an interesting choice. It’s a tough read about a coalminers’ strike in France in the 1860s and rarely get mentioned today in lists of classic literature.

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