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J.K. Rowling Announces New Spin-off Film Series

J.K. Rowling announced today in a new partnership with Warner Bros. that she will be working on a new film series set in the magical world. Rowling is set to make her screenwriting debut in the first of the new series which will follow Hogwarts Textbook author Newt Scamander. In the Harry Potter novels, Scamander is identified as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Rowling announced the project with the following message:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood. As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years,
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway. I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. 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.”


The announcement has also sparked the recently ended Harry Potter Podcast, MuggleCast, back into action only a little more than two weeks after its official final episode.

You can read the article from Entertainment Weekly here.


Posted by Brendan | September 12, 2013 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

'Frankenstein' Release Date Set

The new movie for which Daniel Radcliffe is currently signed in is a new version of the story of Dr. Frankenstein. The movie, from 20th Century Fox, has been given a release date of October 17, 2014!


Posted by Brendan | June 27, 2013 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

'Harry Potter' Available for e-lending

Amazon announced on their website today that, beginning June 19, all seven Harry Potter books will be available from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library in five languages!

With an exclusive license from J.K. Rowling's Pottermore, currently the only authorized seller of the Harry Potter e-books, Amazon has made it possible for Kindle Owners to borrow the Harry Potter series among roughly 145,000 other popular titles.

See Amazon.com for more information.


Posted by Brendan | May 10, 2012 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

Pottermore Opens!

After a painfully long wait for those that were not part of the beta, Pottermore is finally open to the public!

Come join us in the Great Hall to observe where your house stands in the race for the House Cup, explore Sorcerer's Stone interactively, brew potions in the dungeons, and duel opponents from other houses for house points!

It is important to note that you may not get instant access to Pottermore immediately upon registering. Create an account, and Pottermore will invite you when they are ready for you to access the site. The wait time is not expected to be very long.


Posted by Brendan | April 16, 2012 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

'Harry Potter' E-Books Now Available!

In the most exciting announcement since perhaps the launch of Pottermore, the Pottermore Insider announced that, beginning today, eBook editions of the Harry Potter series are available for purchase from the Pottermore Shop. Pottermore says that the eBooks are compatible with most eReaders on the market today.

As the launch of Pottermore for the public draws nearer, this seems like a sign that they are on track and will be ready to sustain more activity in the near future.


Posted by Brendan | March 27, 2012 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

Pottermore Announces Second Launch

Today, the Pottermore Insider announced what the millions of fans who were not able to gain Beta Access have been waiting to hear: Pottermore will open to the public in early April!

Pottermore launched last Summer and 1 million users were granted early access to test the site and provide feedback before the site opened to the public. The much anticipated opening was slated for October, 2011 but has been indefinitely delayed do to site performance issues. The delay was necessary so the crew could work behind the scenes on a new "platform" to sustain the immense interest in the site.


Posted by Brendan | March 8, 2012 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

Rowling's First 'Post-Potter' Novel Coming

Jo has wrapped up the monstrous Harry Potter series with an impressive 400 million copies floating around the globe, and now, nearly five years later, is setting her sights on completion of a new novel - with a different publisher.

The London based Little, Brown and Company is the lucky new home of the Potter author's new work. Both publisher and author are said to be delighted with this arrangement. Rowling cited the boy wizard's success as a springboard for future endeavors, resulting in the decision to change publishers.

"The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me," says Rowling, "and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher."

Rowling maintains that although she enjoyed writing the new novel "every bit as much" as the Harry Potter series, it will be distinctly different from her previous works.

More information is expected on the new novel later this year, including a title and release date.


Posted by Brendan | February 23, 2012 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

'Harry Potter' No. 6 Great Children's Read

JK Rowling's Harry Potter Series has been named one of top children's reads by a popular Scholastic magazine. In a recently published list of the 100 Greatest Children's Books. In fact, the boy wizard series secured a spot in the top ten ranking in at No. 6. E.B. White's Charlotte's Webtops the list.

Scholastic stated that they are looking to inspire conversation about the choices, indicating purposeful placement of titles that are likely to cause controversial discussion. The list can be found here.


Posted by Brendan | February 15, 2012 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

Downtime and Updates Coming

MMAP sincerely apologizes for the downtime you may have witnessed over the past few days. All pages and email addresses should be working as expected again. If you discover anything not working as expected, please contact us.

In addition, please bear with us as we make the necessary updates to make up for lost time due to the outage. Obviously, the ad to the right for DHII is no longer relevant! These updates should be completed over the next few days.

As always, we are so grateful you have turned to MMAP for all your Harry Potter needs!


Posted by Brendan | February 14, 2012 | Comments [0] | Email this Article

It All Ends Here...

Tonight's the night and, for the last time, Marauders' Map.org will be covering the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, MA. If you see us, come say hi!


Posted by Brendan | July 14, 2011 | Comments [0] | Email this Article