A new Harry Potter movie was announced Thursday (Sept. 12) by Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling, an adaptation of Rowling’s companion book (and Hogwarts textbook) “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
The movie (or movies) will follow the fictitious author of the text, Newt Scamander. His journey will begin in New York, 70 years before Harry’s journey started.
We think this means that Newt’s story will begin right around 1920, since that is 71 years before Harry started at Hogwarts. According to what we know about Newt (based on his chocolate frog card and his Wizard of the Month plaque from Rowling’s site), he was born in 1897, which puts him at attending Hogwarts from 1908 to 1914.
He was commissioned to write “Fantastic Beasts” in 1918, at the age of 21, with the first edition being published in 1927. This gives quite an age range for the films — maybe they’ll start when he’s graduating Hogwarts and heading for America? Or maybe they’ll pick up later, after he’s been out of school for several years.
With that in mind, we’ve conjured up a list of U.K. actors ranging in age from 16 to 35 — we want to cover all the bases.
Our favorites so far are Skandar Keynes of the “Chronicles of Narnia” movies and Jeremy Irvine from “War Horse.” Check out all our choices in our photo gallery and leave your faves in the comments below!