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Wild Speculation, Based On Fact, About Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts
We wonder what to expect from J.K. Rowling’s return to her wizarding world

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Wild Speculation, Based On Fact, About Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts | What Will He Be Doing?
What Will He Be Doing?

We have no idea – so let’s guess! We know that Scamander researched magical creatures all over the world, but the book lists very few particularly interesting or dangerous creatures that are native to North America. However, we do know that he was involved in the creation of a Werewolf Register in 1947, and that he considered his role in passing the Ban On Experimental Breeding in 1965 his proudest moment – so it would make sense to have him fighting the former or coming up against weird and terrible magical crossbreeds in this story.

His book makes extensive mention of creatures whose trade is banned or whose habitat is controlled to keep them away from Muggles, so illegal trade in magical creatures could prove another basis for a film adventure – and a New York setting makes perfect sense for a story about trade. The Potter films were all to an extent, mysteries for our hero to solve, and cracking a ring of beast smugglers would fit that mould – assuming Rowling wants to create a story in the same style.

Another familiar Potter option would be for Scamander to find himself in conflict with Dark wizards – perhaps some who are abusing or misusing magical creatures. Voldemort himself, of course, was born too late, but there are other Dark Wizards mentioned in the Potter universe who might come into play (keep reading for a few of those).

What else might we see? Scamander was apparently also heavily involved in work to control dragons, and there’s always room for more dragons on the big screen (see also: Smaug). Another terrifying beast mentioned in his book is the giant leopard known as a “Nundu”; it’s native to East Africa but if one of those turned up in the Big Apple, its ability to spread virulent disease just by breathing would be formidable – and it’s never been defeated by fewer than a hundred wizards working together, which sounds like a Big Bad to us.

Finally, we also know that Scamander marries a woman named Porpentina and lives happily ever after (their grandson, incidentally, marries Luna Lovegood). So if a lady of that name shows up, expect a love story to develop.

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making a wizard film about a character the same age as most the audience that were the same age as Harry Potter when the original books came out? clever. More

Posted by sipi on Tuesday September 17, 2013, 18:49

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So Scamander should be English and in his early-to-mid-20s? Daniel Radcliffe! Hahahaha More

Posted by Madhava on Tuesday September 17, 2013, 14:02

3 Expand, don't dilute
If we're trying to get a Potterverse up and running, which mightn't necessarily be a bad thing, there's a serious danger that the crucial British flavour of HP might be lost. Two places where Beasts might fall down could be making the world a bit too American, or over-referencing exisitng characters and stories. With Rowling writing I think we can expect something rather brilliant, which is reassuring, but the final scene of Deathly Hallows proves that even the best writers can end up writing hideous fan-fic. Matt Smith would be fantastic, but he'd more or less be playing the Doctor again so I doubt he'd do it. Any other ideas for projects in the Potterverse? I'd be interested to see a TV show about Aurors working for the Ministry, in the vein of Agents of Shield More

Posted by bleugh07 on Monday September 16, 2013, 15:27

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Exciting as this project is, the cynic in me is really thinking that Warner Bros are finally going to get their dream of a (sort of) Potterverse film that'll be set in America and with (probably) a high proportion of US actors in the cast. With the endlessly parochial attitude of US film execs, the fact that the existing, UK-cast and -centric Potter films made many billions at the box office probably didn't fizz on them at all! More

Posted by BelfastBoy on Monday September 16, 2013, 12:56

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