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J.K. Rowling And Warner Bros. Entertainment To Create New 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off

Lizzie Pereira |
September 12, 2013 | 1:11 p.m. PDT

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J.K. Rowling. Photo Courtesy of Twitter @thestate
J.K. Rowling. Photo Courtesy of Twitter @thestate
To the muggles who thought that living vicariously through the world of “Harry Potter” was over, have no fear. A spin-off series is on its way, Warner Bros. Entertainment announced today. Let the magical frenzy begin.

In the growing partnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment, J.K. Rowling will be writing a spin-off movie series based off the “Harry Potter” textbook, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which was written in 2001 to accompany the series.  The film will focus on the character Newt Scamander, the author of the textbook, and will take place in New York 70 years before the iconic Harry. 

Rowling commented on her new screenwriting role in a statement, “Having lived for   so long in my fictional universe, I feel protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.” 

The new series will be developed further through the studio’s digital, consumer-products, and gaming units, including special links on Pottermore.com 

It’s been more than two years since the eighth “Harry Potter” film, which as a whole grossed more than $7 billion, the highest grossing film franchise of all time.  

But be advised, Potter fanatics, Rowling also said that the new series is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the original series. It is more of an extension of the wizarding world that we’ve all come to know and love.

“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,” she said. 

A release date for the film has yet to be announced. 

While you anxiously await, here is a list of spin-offs – past, present, and upcoming. 

“Breaking Bad” fans rejoice! No need to be devastated over the show’s upcoming conclusion, the fanatical mania will carry on. AMC and Sony announced a prequel titled  “Better Call Saul,” which will focus on Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, before he became Walter White’s lawyer on the original show. 

Based off ABC’s hit show, “Once Upon a Time,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” will follow the tale of Alice (Sophie Lowe) in Victorian England after her tumble down into the depths of the fantastical land that exists on the other side of the rabbit hole. “An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure,” ABC said. The show is set to air this October.

It was only a matter of time before “Family Guy’s” beloved Cleveland got his own show. The slow-talking but pleasant Cleveland had a rough go of it during his stint on the show he originally called home. But after divorcing his cheating wife and finding love again with his new wife, Donna Tubbs, Cleveland gained not only two new stepchildren but a spin-off show of his own. While “The Cleveland Show” was cancelled after four seasons back in May, reruns continue to air on late night programming.   

“The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” often shortened to “Jimmy Neutron,” aired in 2002 as a spin-off to the film, “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.” With hair that defied gravity and a loyal robot dog, Goddard, it was hilarious to watch Jimmy and the trouble that ensued from his inventions gone awry. 

Jimmey Neutron. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.
Jimmey Neutron. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.

Long before Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey, McDreamy had a wife.  Enter Addison Montgomery, who became a fan favorite during her brief stint on “Grey’s Anatomy.”  After a brief stint on the show, Dr. Montgomery traded in her rain boots for sunglasses as she trekked to California. The resulting spin-off, “Private Practice,” lasted six seasons, ending in January 2013.  

Believe it or not, “The Simpsons,” originally aired as an occasional feature clip on “The Tracey Ullman Show” before it became its own show in 1989. As the longest-running scripted primetime U.S. television series, “The Simpsons” has become an institution in American culture and entertainment. In fact a study found that the characters are better known to Americans than the First Amendment…. D’oh!

Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson rose to fame after appearing on TLC’s reality show, “Toddlers and Tiaras” and viewers just couldn’t get enough. The spin-off show follows the young pageant queen and her unconventional family each with their own special nickname: June “Mama June” Shannon, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, Lauryn “Pumpkin,” Jessica “Chubs,” Anna “Chickadee,” and of course Glitzy the pig. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” aired back in 2012 and is currently in its second season. 

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