J.K. Rowling hints at American wizarding school in new film

J.K. Rowling tweeted hints about an American wizarding school and students trained there that her character Scamander will meet in an upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Harry Potter spin-off film will feature American Hogwarts school, students

British writer J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books, is tweeting clues about an American location in her new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)

J.K. Rowling has revealed in a series of tweets to fans new details about her upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, for which she is writing her first screenplay. 

An American school of wizardry will play a part in the new film and magic based on "American Indian" culture will be involved, it appears from Rowling's tweets.

The name of the wizarding school in America is of "immigrant origin," Rowling tweeted, and the location is somewhere other than New York. "Indigenous magic [is] important in the founding of the school," she wrote.

Warner Bros. recently confirmed long-standing rumours that The Theory of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne will play Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spin-off film. Scamander is the wizard who wrote the titular Hogwarts School textbook, 70 years before the first Harry Potter film took place.

"Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity," director David Yates said in a statement. "I couldn't be more excited about the prospect of working with him." 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first in a planned trilogy.

The film is set for worldwide release on Nov. 18, 2016.


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