J.K. Rowling hints at American wizarding school in new film
Harry Potter spin-off film will feature American Hogwarts school, students
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.
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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.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/loonyloolaluna">@loonyloolaluna</a> However, indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school. If I say which tribes, location is revealed.—@jk_rowling
.<a href="https://twitter.com/loonyloolaluna">@loonyloolaluna</a> Oh wait - did you mean the NAME is of American Indian origin? It isn't. The name is of immigrant origin.—@jk_rowling
.<a href="https://twitter.com/tannerfbowen">@tannerfbowen</a> No, but he's going to meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York].—@jk_rowling
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.