As the production for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them begins to ramp up, interest in all things Harry Potter is starting to spike up again. The J.K. Rowling-penned spinoff to the massively successful Potter film franchise is in the casting phase, and the writer has taken some time to drop hints about characters that may appear in the film.
In a recent chat on twitter, Rowling let the world know that the film’s protagonist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), is going to meet up with some American wizards. What’s interesting about this topic is that, as she discusses it, she reveals the long-rumored existence of a Hogwarts-like Wizarding School in the United States.
While the writer was coy about the details surrounding the school, she dropped morsels to Potter fans to savor and think about. Rowling says that the name of the school has some sort of “immigrant origin,” and that the magic of indigenous Native Americans factored in heavily to the founding of the school. She wouldn’t reveal which tribes she’s referring to, as that would reveal the fictitious location of the school. (*GASP!*)
When asked if the school would be located in New York, as many fans have assumed, and if Scamander would visit it during the film Rowling said that it’s not in New York and that he would be meeting folks educated there while not actually visiting the school itself.
Rowling has certainly created a vivid universe. Having her write the script for Fantastic Beasts, and bringing back director David Yates- who helmed several of the Potter films- can only be viewed as boons to a project that could’ve simply been a cynical cash-in on the Potter name. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is hoping to start a whole new series of films, and between the writer, director, and star they’ve selected, there is some definite cause for optimism.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter