Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Producer Discusses Finding the Story
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes its inspiration from a school text book that exists within the world of Harry Potter. That makes it a pretty unique, and troublesome, source material. But that might be exactly where the magic for this movie lies.
Producer David Heyman spoke with THR, giving fellow producer Lionel Wigram the credit for the concept. "We were sitting around wondering what else we could do in this world, and Lionel Wigram, who is the person I first brought the first [Potter] book to, thought about maybe doing a documentary about Newt. That idea was floated to Jo, and she responded to doing a film about [that character]."
Newt Scamander is the fictional author of the text book used by students at Hogwarts. A documentary would have been fun, and would have distanced itself from the Harry Potter series of films that came to an end in 2011. Rowling decided a traditional route was more appropriate for the character.
The film arrives November 18, 2016.