JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off film is like 2005’s ‘Goblet Of Fire’, says producer

Titled 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them', the spin-off is set for release in November 2016

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off film will most closely resemble the original franchise’s fourth instalment, producer David Heyman has revealed.

Rowling has written the script for the spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, 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, is directing Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them too, but Heyman believes the new movie has most in common with 2005’s Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire, which was directed by Mike Newell.

“It’s like the fourth. Mike talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical – and it’s not that, but it’s got the humour of of that film,” Heyman told Entertainment Weekly. “It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humour, that very human, natural character comedy.”

Heyman, producer of all eight original Harry Potter films and now Fantastic Beasts, then added: “And now David is always looking for truthful, human moments, it’s never just a gag, he’s grounding [the storytelling moments] in a reality. [Beasts] is very funny, it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.”

Alongside Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the cast of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 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.”

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