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'Harry Potter' stars spin futures for Draco, Ginny, and Fred at Diagon Alley preview

We always knew Scorpius Malfoy would be up to no good.

The spawn, er, son, of Draco and Astoria Malfoy turns up in the epilogue of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and is briefly glimpsed at the end of 2011’s Deathly Hallows: Part 2. So what might Scorpius be doing now that both series have wrapped?

“He would be back at home pretending to be doing homework and doing bugger all,” says Tom Felton, who played Draco in the films. “I’m sure he’d be doing something mischievous, something he shouldn’t, and following in the footsteps of his father.”

Felton spoke to EW from inside one of his alter ego’s old haunts: Dark Arts shop Borgin and Burkes, which is part of the new Diagon Alley expansion of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The new section opens July 8. (Fun fact: Felton attended the recent media preview of the expansion with his girlfriend Jade Olivia, who appears as Draco’s wife in the last scene of Deathly Hallows.) READ FULL STORY

Harry Potter spin-off lands release date

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros.’ return to J.K. Rowling’s world of witchcraft and wizardy, will open in theaters on Nov. 18, 2016. Set in New York City 70 years before the adventures of Harry Potter, the Rowling-scripted movie is the first of a trilogy based on the 42-page guidebook purportedly written by magizoologist Newt Scamander. The book’s foreword was penned by one Albus Dumbledore, so it’s presumed that a younger version of the future headmaster of Hogwarts will play a role in the new trilogy.

No director or cast has been announced, and Rowling is still working on the script.

'Harry Potter' spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' will be a trilogy

Fantastic Beasts come in threes.

The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released by Warner Bros. as a trilogy of “megamovies,” The New York Times reports in its profile on the studio’s CEO, Kevin Tsujihara. Based on the Hogwarts textbook written by Potter author J.K. Rowling, the new franchise is an extension of her extraordinarily realized wizarding world. The films will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander and start in New York approximately seven decades before Harry Potter’s own adventures.

According to Rowling herself, Tsujihara is responsible for convincing the author to dive back into the Potterverse. READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' producer David Heyman talks about upcoming 'Fantastic Beasts' spinoff

Three weeks ago, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling conjured an Internet frenzy when she and Warner Bros. announced that a new adaptation of her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a popular supplement to her Potter series was in the works. The announcement revealed that the film will be set in the same wizarding world as Harry Potter — but follow magizoologist Newt Scamander, a professor of magical creatures, and take place 70 years before Harry’s journey began.

EW caught up with David Heyman, who produced all eight of the original Harry Potter films, on the red carpet of his latest spectacle, Gravity (which reunited him with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron), and asked him to dish about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — or “Fantastic Beasts” as he called it for short.

Heyman, who confirmed that he will be producing the film, said that Rowling hasn’t turned in a finished script just yet, but that “Jo is at work” and tremendously excited about the project. “She’s not doing it for any other reason other than she loves the world and she had a story that she wanted to tell,” he said.

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J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. announce new movie franchise set in wizarding world

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All ended well for Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s books, but it turns out the author isn’t finished with her magical world. Rowling and Warner Bros. have announced that she will adapt her Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, into an cinematic adventure about that book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Rowling’s first-ever screenplay is expected to be the first of a series of new films about the wizarding world that fans know well from the Potter books and movies.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling, in a statement.  “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, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Scamander has long been part of the Potter universe, ever since he got a brief mention in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. One of Hogwarts’ esteemed former headmasters, his image occasionally popped up in the wizarding school’s living portraits. Scamander had been an expert Magizoologist — a student of magical creatures — ever since a childhood fascination with hippogriffs and he went on to work for the Ministry of Magic. Beginning in 1918, he spent nearly a decade researching and writing Fantastic Beasts, traveling to every corner of the globe in his spare time to research the wizarding world’s most fascination creatures.

Click below for Rowling’s entire statement: READ FULL STORY

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