Katherine Waterston Confirms Lead Role in Fantastic Beasts

A spin-off of the world blockbuster, Harry Potter series, is now in the making. Leading characters have already been cast in the person of Eddie Redmayne, as Newt Scamander, and, according to confirmed reports today, Katherine Waterston, as Tina (Porpentina).

The new story will take place in the United States of America, where Tina would do her wizarding with as much wit and brilliance as Hermione Granger’s character, which was then played by Emma Watson, in the original Harry Potter movies.

Not necessarily a prequel, but the Harry Potter spinoff is dated 7 decades earlier than Harry’s wizarding story, that started in Hogwarts.

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, J.K. Rowling, author or the Harry Potter books, related in a statement late last year. “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, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

The Harry Potter books and film series are among the best-loved novels and movies in the world.
Harry Potter brought fame and success to author J. K. Rowling, whose real name is Joanne Rowling.
Rowling completed the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, when she returned to Edinburgh with her daughter, as a single mom.

It was Bloomsbury Children’s Books who published it in June, 1997, with Rowling adopting a masculine alias because of the publishers’ reasoning that a feminine name might not appeal to the targeted young males market. Rowling chose J.K., with K representing her grandmother’s name, Kathleen.

Each film adaptation of the Harry Potter novels ranks among the world’s 50 highest-grossing movies.