‘Fantastic Beasts’: James Newton Howard to score JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off

Howard's previous film scores include 'The Hunger Games' and 'The Sixth Sense'

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off film will be scored by eight-times Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard.

Howard’s previous big screen credits include Pretty Woman, The Sixth Sense, Blood Diamond, Michael Clayton and The Hunger Games trilogy. He also collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the scores for the first two instalments of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Howard’s role on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them was confirmed on the film’s website, which now lists Howard’s name on the movie credits.


Rowling has written the script for the spin-off film, which is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins. It focuses on Newt Scamander, the author of one of Harry’s Hogwarts text books, and his adventures in New York City.

David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, has returned to direct Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, heading up a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Samantha Morton. Warner Bros. has scheduled the film for release on November 18, 2016.

Explaining the film’s premise when it was announced in 2013, Rowling said: “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.”

Rowling revealed last month (March) that this year’s Fantastic Beasts will actually be the first in a trilogy of films.

READ: ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-off Film ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’: Everything We Know So Far

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