J.K. Rowling Updating Original 'Fantastic Beasts' Textbook

J.K. Rowling Updating Original 'Fantastic Beasts' Textbook

By Robert Dougherty Jan 05, 2017 11:36 AM
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The end of 2016 brought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them out of the literary world and into the big screen. Now to start 2017, J.K. Rowling is updating the original textbook that started her second wizarding world franchise.

Rowling announced on Pottermore that Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts textbook will be re-released to book shelves on March 14, with revisions "in line with recent developments in the Wizarding World." It also includes a foreword from Newt himself, or at least one transcribed by Rowling.

The update will also include six new beasts that weren't profiled by Newt in the first edition, whether or not they were made up for the movie. Yet the Pottermore press release does warn "there may be a few familiar faces. Or snouts. Or beaks."

Rowling already went beyond the limitations of the original textbook, which was just an Easter Egg in the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie and novel. She wrote one movie that was pretty much the origin story for how Eddie Redmayne's Newt came up with the idea for Harry Potter's future textbook, and now she and David Yates have four movie sequels scheduled to show what happened after he wrote it, while filling in other gaps in wizarding world lore between the late 1920s and 1945.

2016 was a very busy time in the wizarding world, between Fantastic Beasts and Rowling bringing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the London stage. 2017 will likely look less crowded by comparison, with the first Fantastic Beasts sequel likely to film later in the year while Rowling prepares to bring Cursed Child to Broadway in 2018.

In the meantime, the new and up to date Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook is already available to pre-order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iBooks.

Tags: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne, David Yates
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