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J.K. Rowling Making A 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off

Tanya Mardirossian |
March 30, 2014 | 9:09 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" book series, will be the screenwriter of a trilogy. 

The book titled "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," was written by Rowling in 2001 between the publishing of the fourth and fifth Harry Potter books. Now, 13 years later, Rowling is making the 51-page book into “three megamovies.” 

With the success of “The Hobbit” franchise, Warner Bros. is picking up the project as a "Harry Potter" spin-off. 

According to USA Today, the plot is set 70 years before Harry’s time. It follows the magizoologist (a person who studies magical creatures) Newt Scamander. The book and three movies will not serve as a sequel or prequel to the Harry Potter franchise like other movies (such as "Star Wars") have done, but are an “extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling told Variety

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