Warner Bros. is poised to launch a video game adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first film written by Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Fantastic Beasts takes place in Rowling's wizarding world but it's separate from the Harry Potter series, set 70 years before Harry's story begins. Instead, it tells the tale of Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts, the classic Care of Magical Creatures textbook used at Hogwarts.

Fantastic Beasts is the beginning of a new film series in the wizarding world.

"Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt," Rowling says. "As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood. As I considered Warners' proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros."

Fantastic Beasts will be translated into a video game, as well as an expanded online presence at Pottermore and in consumer products. For those not afraid of a little studying, Fantastic Beasts is available for purchase at most bookstores and online. Other Harry Potter companion books, Quidditch through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, are also for sale, for the Granger types among us.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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