The Potter prequel is due to hit cinemas in 2016, and Rowling hosted an impromptu Twitter Q+A about the screenplay over the weekend.
American fans of ‘Harry Potter’ will be thrilled to know that J.K. Rowling has suggested the existence of a U.S. version of Hogwarts, and that we may get a look at it in the forthcoming prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The author was conducted a Q+A session on Twitter over the weekend (June 6th) and was asked by one fan asked whether the main protagonist – Newt Scamander – would be visiting a school in New York as part of the film’s plot and what its name would be.
J.K. Rowling revealed some details about the upcoming 'Fantastic Beasts' film
Rowling responded rather dispassionately at first, as she’s never one to give away plot spoilers, saying “that information will be revealed in due course.” However, slightly more straightforwardly, she followed that with “No, but he's going to meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York].”
She was asked by another fan whether the school would have any links to Native American-Indian culture, she wrote: “If I answer that fully it will reveal the location of the school, but you can take that as a yes!”
.@tannerfbowen No, but he's going to meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York].— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2015
Last week, it was finally confirmed officially that Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will be starring in the role of Scamander, the magizoologist who wrote the textbook used by Hogwarts students. Rowling herself is currently putting the final touches to the screenplay, and the movie itself has a scheduled release date of November 18th, 2016.
David Yates, who is signed up to helm Fantastic Beasts… and directed the final four of the eight Potter movies, said of Redmayne’s casting: “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn't be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling's wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”