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.
.@loonyloolaluna Oh wait – did you mean the NAME is of American Indian origin? It isn’t. The name is of immigrant origin.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 7, 2015
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.”
.@MrBanankartong That information will be revealed in due course.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2015