That Warner Bros. Pictures wanted to continue the “Harry Potter” franchise after its closure with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2” wasn’t a shock, but the choice to do a “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” trilogy was a bit of a surprise.
Speaking with Coming Soon on the set of the film, producer David Heyman revealed that the initial idea for the film was very different – a faux documentary. However it was when they went to author J.K. Rowling, the seeds for the more narrative driven adventure we’ll see in November began to sprout:
“After we finished the films, there was an excitement about embarking on new challenges and also a deep melancholy… Lionel Wigram (Potter producer) was thinking about what we could do and he had the idea of maybe doing a documentary about Newt. But ultimately I think Jo got word of that and sort of notion as, we wouldn’t have done it without Jo’s permission or also not sure we could’ve.
So, Lionel had this idea. Jo got wind of it. She said, ‘Well, funny enough I’d been thinking about something already,’ and she had this whole idea in some form. I mean, it’s changed and developed over the course of the year and a half and two years that’s been going on. But she knows how each part connects with her universe.
She knows the history of magic before we were with Newt Scamander. She knows the history of the school where Queenie and Tina may have gone – I mean she has all this in her head. She knows creatures – their history, where they’re from and on. She knows who Newt’s family is, she knows Queenie and Tina’s family, she has it all figured out in some way.”
Rowling herself penned the script for the film and its upcoming sequel. David Yates helms the new film in which Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, and Colin Farrell star. It hits cinemas on November 18th.