Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: JK Rowling has written something “very, very special”

Producer David Heyman talks to about the Harry Potter author's "incredibly vivid and wonderful imagination"

The Harry Potter fandom went into meltdown earlier this year when it was announced that the wizarding world would return to cinemas with a brand new trilogy. JK Rowling’s latest project – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – will be set years before the birth of The Boy Who Lived and follow “magizoologist” Newt Scamander. 


Pre-production is now well under way with plans to begin filming in late 2015 and – according to David Heyman, producer of both franchises – there’s a “very, very special” script from Rowling. 

Speaking to promote his new film, Paddington, Heyman told, “a lot of Fantastic Beasts will be filmed in London, England and the UK. Rowling has written the script and we’re working on it but it’s a little way off.” 

He went on to describe the author and screenwriter as having “an incredibly vivid and wonderful imagination,” adding, “she has written something very, very special and I’m very excited about it. But it’s too early to tell you what it will be.”

Heyman’s a busy man with Paddington poised for release on Friday 28th November followed by First World War epic Testament of Youth, adapted from Vera Brittain’s memoirs and out in cinemas in the new year. 

He’s also just returned from Down Under where he’s been filming Light Between Oceans with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz. “It’s a story set on a lighthouse in Australia and is about a man returning from World War I, who has experienced horrible things.

“He removes himself from society as much as he can. He meets a woman, whose brothers have been killed, he’s a bit dead and she’s full of life. She brings him back to life and they fall in love. She gets pregnant, she miscarries. She gets pregnant, she miscarries. Then a boat rolls up on shore and in it is a dead man and a baby… They keep the baby and we learn the consequences of that action.” 


Paddington is released in UK cinemas on 28th November – watch the trailer below: