The Harry Potter series was what spawned J.K. Rowling from housewife to worldwide sensation. And even with the books and movies all wrapped up, the fandom continues; especially now that the first (because surely, Potterheads are hoping for more) spin-off film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is in production. It is then not a surprise that the woman who wrote the magical series paid the production set a visit.
The other day, author J.K. Rowling posted a photo on Twitter. It was of a director’s chair and a filming access pass with her name on it. The photo was captioned, “It’s been a fun day.”
While it certainly looked like she spent a day on the set of a film, fans were not taking any chances and asked her if she spent the day with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” or with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Rowling went a little bit cryptic by answering with just a set of unicorn and snake emoji but there was no mistaking the answer: she was on the set of the Harry Potter prequel film.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is technically the first Harry Potter film whose screenplay the 50-year old author is writing. All eight Harry Potter films may have been based on her books but were adapted for the movies by Steve Kloves (all except the fifth one) and Michael Goldenberg (“Order of Phoenix”).
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is also based on a book by Rowling, a Harry Potter companion book of the same title released in 2001. The movie follows the history of the book’s fictional author, magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), as he searches for magical creatures in 1920s New York City. He is joined by three more allies: sisters Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) plus muggle Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler).
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be released on Nov. 18, 2016.