Is Anyone Actually Stoked for JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts Spin-Off?


JK Rowling has more money than God, so it seems a little antithetical to describe any project she embarks on as a “cash grab,”  and yet that’s the first phrase that came to mind when I heard that she was adapting one of her Project Red Nose books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, for film.

What’s even more confusing are the number of Harry Potter actors who are saying that they may or may not take part — so far Radcliffe is in and Rickman is out, allegedly — but hat kind of wacky frame narrative would even be involved in something like this? Harry pulls out an old textbook and reminisces?

I’d like to keep this franchise going as much as the next emotionally stunted Harry Potter fan, but surely a series about the Marauders, or Beetle the Bard, or that damn encyclopedia we’ve been promised for like a decade now (!!!), or even a version of Pottermore than doesn’t give everyone a case of the sads would make more sense than this.

That, and Rowling is apparently writing the script herself. She’s a solid, engaging writer, but it’s just a different medium. And adapting a plotless book is going to be hard enough.

What do you think — good idea? Bad idea? Am I just being a curmudgeon?

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14 thoughts on “Is Anyone Actually Stoked for JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts Spin-Off?

  1. […] JK Rowling‘s been doing a lot of talking lately and — shock of shocks — people aren’t happy with what she has to say. Should Ron and Hermione have ended up together? Suddenly Jo isn’t so sure, saying that as a writer, she was more focused on fulfilling her initial endgame than being true to the characters. […]

  2. Jonathan says:

    Sounds more like it was just something fun to do. When you have insane amounts of cash you get to pick your projects based on how fun they might be. Ah, how wonderful that must be!

  3. Jeyna Grace says:

    I’m looking forward to it. I kind of want to see what she can come up with. The encyclopedia should be out first though… its been a while.

  4. She had to write it. If she didn’t, someone else would have. WB already had the rights to it, because it falls under the HP franchise. They’re her creations, so I don’t blame her for wanting to keep them under her name.

  5. Seven books and eight movies later… I think we’ve had enough. She should just stop it, right now. I love Harry Potter but this is ridiculous.

  6. Linnea says:

    Didn’t Rowling say she wasn’t planning on writing any more about the HP characters, and that’s why she chose this project?

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