J.K. Rowling has written a four-part introduction to the world presented in Harry Potter spin off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, the adaptation of which will be released within cinemas on 18 November.
Rowling’s website Pottermore will publish the first installment in the new series, ‘Magic in North America’, at 2pm on 8 March. Three more stories will be published at the same time every day until 11 March. Pottermore has promised that Rowling’s new writing will “bring to light the history of this previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world”.
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ will be set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter books and will star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a ‘magizoologist’ who accidentally unleashes a suitcase of magical beasts in 1920’s New York.
Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell and Ron Perlman will all feature in the film, which Rowling recently confirmed will be a trilogy. Last month Rowling revealed that there were 11 wizarding schools in total, including Hogwarts, with North America’s location named Ilvermorny.
Pottermore stated “We were able to share with you the name of the North American wizarding school earlier this year, but there’s just so much more to tell you about witches and wizards across the world”.
The first installment in the new series will cover topics ranging from Ilvermorny to the American equivalent of the British magical government the Ministry of Magic: the Magical Congress of the United States of America.
It will also explore the legend of skinwalkers, which in Navajo myth can take the form of an animal, as well as the Salem with trials, which took place in 17th Century Massachusetts.
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