With author J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, scheduled to hit theaters in November, licensor Warner Bros. Consumer Products has inked a trio of publishing partners for the upcoming spinoff of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Scholastic has signed a multi-year global publishing pact for books based on the upcoming films and the original Harry Potter film franchise, which includes all language rights for new movie tie-in books in multiple formats. Under the deal, it will publish children’s movie tie-in books for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequels, as well as tie-in books based on the original eight Harry Potter films.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will also be supported by HarperCollins, which snapped up global publishing rights to the films for adult tie-in books. The HarperCollins titles will delve into the making of the film and include details about the process of art and design, interviews with the cast and filmmakers, and interactive formats such as coloring books and postcard collections.
Additionally, Insight Editions, a longtime publisher of a wide range of books and collectible products for the Harry Potter film franchise, has picked up global rights for deluxe novelty and paper engineered books across a variety of formats.
As for the film, director of four Harry Potter movies, David Yates, is back at the helm. The adventure flick is inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the first novel in the Harry Potter series). Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) has been cast in the lead as the book’s author, magizoologist Newt Scamander.
Set in 1926, Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. He arrives in New York for a brief stopover, and all might have gone well were it not for a No-Maj named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some fantastic beasts.
Combined, the eight Potter feature films raked in more than US$7.72 billion at the global box office. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - and its studio, Warner Bros. - will be looking for similarly magical results in November.