If you were worried that JK Rowling’s new Harry Potter spin-off wasn’t going to live up to the hype, you can relax…
The producer of the Harry Potter films has spoken out and said that JK Rowling’s new film series is set to be “very, very special.”
David Heyman, who produced the internationally successful Harry Potter film series, said: “I can’t talk really about it yet. All I can say is that it’s great.”
“Jo [JK Rowling] had no need to go back to this universe or world. It’s not Harry Potter per se, but the world of Harry,” he continued to ComingSoon. “She’s chosen to do so because she felt a need to tell a story.”
“That she’s doing it means that it’s going to be very, very special.”
When the upcoming project was announced last week, JK Rowling said: “I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
Her new film, which will be her screenwriting debut, is inspired by Harry’s Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The movie will focus on the book’s fictitious author Newt Scamander, rather than Harry, Ron, Hermione and co, but it will still be set in the wizarding world we know and love. Rowling has stated that the films will not be prequels or sequels to Harry’s story and will kick off seventy years before Harry Potter’s time, in New York rather than Privet Drive.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has already ruled out appearing in the film.
JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series between 1997 and 2007. Her recent release The Casual Vacancy is set to be adapted for BBC1.