You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

JK Rowling creates new wizardry

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

JK Rowling has no qualms about ending the Harry Potter series and is hopeful fans of her blockbuster novels and films will join her on her next adventure.

The British author wrote the screenplay for the new feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set in New York in the same wizarding world but years before Harry Potter was born.

Unlike the Harry Potter movies, Fantastic Beasts, the first of five films in the series, is not based on a novel.

But it does include some characters Harry Potter fans will be familiar with.

"It is true Harry is not in the movie because he is not born yet, but this is very much of the world and there are characters you'll learn more about through Fanrastic Beasts," Rowling told reporters in New York on Thursday.

"I think we have done the very best job we can and I have certainly told the story I wanted to tell.

"I hope people love it."

Fantastic Beasts stars British Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander, who was kicked out of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and visits the US on a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures.

Rowling was tight lipped about storylines and characters in the next four Fantastic Beasts films, but she did concede fans will encounter a young Professor Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and books.

Asked if the rumoured romantic gay relationship between Dumbledore and the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindlewald might be explored in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movies, Rowling laughed.

"Obviously it is a five part story so there's lots to unpack in that relationship," Rowling said.

"I will say that you will see Dumbledore as a younger man, but a troubled man because he was not always the sage.

"As far as his sexuality is concerned?

"Watch this space."

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in Australia on November 17.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon