Harry Potter author returns to magic

Best-selling Harry Potter author JK Rowling will return to the wizarding world for her screenplay debut with a film inspired by one of her fictional boy wizard’s textbooks.

Rowling has agreed to write the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film from Warner Bros. based on the adventures of Newt Scamander – the fictional author of a Hogwarts textbook of the same name.

“I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it,” Rowling said on Thursday in an emailed statement from Warner Bros Entertainment, a unit of Time Warner.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the first in a series of films about the adventures of Scamander and will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, the 48-year-old Rowling said.