LOS ANGELES -- Warner Bros. and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling are going to try to catch lightning in a bottle again.
The Hollywood movie studio and best-selling writer have unveiled a new agreement to make movies based on Rowling’s work. While Harry Potter may be over, the witches and wizards that can be found in Potter’s Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," along with the adventures of fictitious author Newt Scamander will live on." ‘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," Rowling said in a statement.
Rowling will write the screenplay for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which Warner Bros. said would be the first movie of a new franchise.
As part of the agreement, Warner Bros. will also distribute "The Casual Vacancy," a TV adaptation of Rowling’s adult novel.
-- Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times