By Emmanuel Gutierrez |Asst. Features Editor|
Many Potter fans have been painfully detoxing from a shortage of encounters with flying hippogriffs, kissing Dementors, and enslaved house elves. But if one wishes to satisfy that magical sweet tooth but don’t have any Cockroach Clusters, Exploding Bonbons, or Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans in hand, remember: patience is a virtue.
Joanne Kathleen Rowling, also known as J.K. Rowling, most famous for her Harry Potter series, is currently penned to script the first film of a potential trilogy expanding the Harry Potter universe, according to cinemablend.com.
These films, based on the fictional textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” published in 2001 as a companion piece to the series, will follow the author Newt Scamander, a world renowned Magizoologist.
The developing project is not intended to serve as a prequel, so do not expect any references or cameos from our beloved characters—mostly because none of them will have been born, according to Rowling.
But maybe a cameo with James Gatsby wouldn’t be out of the question.
David Yates is signed on to direct the first film. Previous projects of his include the Harry Potter films five, six, and both parts of seven. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is currently scheduled to release in 2016, followed by two sequels expected to hit theaters in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
While many fans have been clamoring for a new installment expanding on Harry Potter’s adulthood as an auror—a specialist in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement tasked with apprehending and detaining dark witches and wizards—or of his children attending Hogwarts, Rowling has gone on record multiple times shooting down those possibilities.
Rowling has posted short stories, expanding the aftermath of the Potter universe on her official website, Pottermore.com.
On All Hallow’s Eve, Oct. 31, Rowling posted a short story exclusively available on her website—free of charge, simply make an account—from the perspective of the infamous, prejudiced Dolores Umbridge.
She is also currently working on a new novel, but has remained tight-lipped about the topic.
“1) I haven’t handed in ANY kind of novel to my publishers. I’m only half way through my current book. 2) It isn’t a ‘romantic’ novel,” Rowling tweeted in response to rumors of her celebrating with her publishers at a bar for completing a novel.
The odds of the novel being Potter-licious are not favorable considering she has published other novels targeting an older audience such as “The Casual Vacancy,” winner of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award.
More recently, Rowling released “The Silkworm” in June, the second of her Cormoran Strike detective novels—utilizing the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Rowling is co-producing a live theatrical production of Harry Potter in collaboration with Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
The play will offer a “unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom destiny has plans. . .” stated in the UK Daily Mail.
The play is scheduled to open in 2015.