While the world will get to relish in some more J.K. Rowling movie magic by way of her very own scripted "Harry Potter" spin-off series "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" — cue the global eeeeeeeeeeep! — we fans might as well go ahead and adjust to the fact (read: get the sobbing over with) that The Boy Who Lived won't be making any cameos in the new installment(s).
Daniel Radcliffe, who's been trying to shed his bespectacled boy wizard image by portraying the twistier side of Allen Ginsberg in "Kill Your Darlings" and getting all diabolical-like in the adaptation of "Horns," has spoken up about the news that Rowling'll cast her spell once more and declared that he, for one, won't be a part of it. (It makes total sense, given that the story takes place the better part of a century before Harry's tenure at Hogwarts, but still.)
But there's still some good news in the Quibbler today, Potterheads.
While DanRad won't be applying that lightning scar appliqué anytime soon — he told The Guardian in no unclear terms, "I'm sure they're going to have a great time. I'm sure a lot of people will be really excited ... I, needless to say, won't be involved. I don't know if any of us will be. I know nothing about it" — Rowling herself will be very heavily involved in the development process. Like, groundbreakingly so.
Yep, the adventures of her Newt Scamander, the fictional textbook author of "Fantastic Beasts" living in New York seventy years prior to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's second round of havoc-wreaking, will be her script and her script alone if she so wishes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter's sources, Rowling was courted by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara into making a new "Harry Potter" world movie happen by providing that her screenplay, her first ever by the by, will not be subject to outsider re-writes without her express approval. Not only that, but she's also got script approval on any follow-up installments as well.
In her statement on last week's news, Rowling credited Tsujihara with brokering the deal (it "would not have happened without him," she said), and no wonder. This amount of authorial say-so is pretty rare and speaks to the studio's confidence in her, as Tsujihara put it, "brilliant and boundless imagination."