J.K. Rowling is heavily involved in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'
J.K. Rowling allowed distance between herself and the eight films based on her now legendary Harry Potter series, but this time around it seems she's playing things closer to the chest, if only to help ensure the return to the wizarding world is a fitting one.
"This is a different level of involvement. I feel very close to this project," the author said of the spin-off, which is based on no novel but a text book from within the series itself. The story is a wholly original one.
We go right back to 1926 and join scholar Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, who takes us to America to explore a whole new sector of the world of witches and wizards. Initially, Rowling was against expanding the world of Harry Potter on the big screen, but Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara managed to sway her.
Directed by David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter films, the movie arrives November 18.