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J.K. Rowling at the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' Premiere on July 7, 2011Ian Gavan/Getty Images


Amazing news, "Harry Potter" fans: J.K. Rowling is dipping her pen back into the wizarding ink for a new film series about the magical adventures of Newt Scamander, the author of the Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Marking Rowling's debut as a screenwriter (she didn't adapt any of her "Harry Potter" books), "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is intended to kick off a new film franchise anchored in the non-muggle world.

"Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the 'Harry Potter' series, but an extension of the wizarding world," said Rowling. "The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the 'Harry Potter' books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway."

This project is part of an expanded creative partnership between Rowling and studio Warner Bros. And although it's only just been announced, let's begin speculating about which actor will score the role of Newt ... and whether Daniel Radcliffe could make a cameo (time travel, anyone?).

[via Warner Bros. press release h/t Deadline]
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