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If you’re a fan of ‘Harry Potter,’ JK Rowling just made your day

Fantastic Beasts takes place in the same world as Harry Potter but is set 70 years before the story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione begins.

Slowly but surely, Harry Potter fans are learning more about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a new Harry Potter spin-off movie set to release in November 2016.  If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you know that the title of the movie stems from the textbook that all first-year students use at Hogwarts.  Fantastic Beasts takes place in the same world as Harry Potter but is set 70 years before the story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione begins.

Last week we learned that the wonderfully talented Eddie Redmayne will play Scamander in the film. Additionally, David Yates, who directed and produced the last four Harry Potter films, will be directing.

A few days ago, author J.K. Rowling tweeted about a few details about the film that had Harry Potter fans buzzing with joy. Prior to the Twitter conversation,  we only really knew that the school of witchcraft and wizardry  will be set in America. Here are some things we learned from J.K. Rowling during her Twitter chat with fans:

We don’t know the name of the American Hogwarts yet but J.K. Rowling’s Tweet implies that its name has an “immigrant” origin.

 

The American “Hogwarts” is not set in New York

 

The school is not the “The Salem Witches’ Institute” mentioned in The Goblet of Fire

 

The school has elements of “indigenous magic” that were important for its foundation

 

We all went to Hogwarts!

 

Although J.K. Rowling’s Twitter chat taught us a bit about Fantastic Beasts, we still don’t know much. We are told towards the end of the chat that the information will be revealed in “due course.”

 

  

Here’s how I feel about the “due course” response:

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Sajda Ouachtouki

Sajda Ouachtouki

Sajda Ouachtouki grew up in New York City. She graduated from Princeton University in 2013 and is currently a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School. Sajda is an Anglophile at heart, which means she would absolutely love to spend long hours reading Jane Austen novels, watching BBC shows, and lounging in tea rooms. If you are interested in fantasy and young adult books, and general book ramblings, you can visit her book blog Across the Words.

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