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7 Things We Hope to See in J.K. Rowling's New Movie

Attention all wizards and muggles! J.K Rowling has some news.. BIG news. We at Celebrations.com are so excited and just can't hide it.

Hold on to your robes, because J.K. Rowling has made the most magical announcement – she’s making her screenwriting debut with a new film based on the Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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The movie will follow famed Magizoologist Newt Scamander, starting in early 1900s New York. Although Rowling gave her obligatory this-Harry-Potter-spin-off-is-not-really-about-Harry-Potter spiel, she called it an “extension of the wizarding world” in a statement on Sept. 12.

“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, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway,” she wrote.

While we’ll be impatiently waiting for the next couple years for this movie to hit the big screen, we’ve made a list of what we hope will be featured in the new film. Even though it’s not a Harry Potter book or movie, she’s got to throw us loyal fans a bone, right?

Newt’s Mom’s Hippogriff Farm

Because really, what’s better than a field of beautiful half-eagles, half horses who are bigger sticklers for manners than Emily Post? Newt, who wrote the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, began his love of magical creatures by growing up on a hippogriff farm, and we envision a couple heartwarming flashback montages. Maybe even a scuffle with a hippogriff or two, but in the end, he and the winged beasts will always be BFFs.

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Constructing the Chrysler Building

The movie is set to start in 1920s New York, right around the time the Chrysler Building was being built. You can’t tell me a muggle came up with that “art deco” design – there’s even a giant wand on top! Plus, the 77-floor skyscraper was completely built in two years, and no one managed to die during construction. Magic?

The Truth Behind Voldemort’s, um, Issues

Before Voldemort was Voldemort, and before he was the smart and charming Hogwarts superstar Tom Riddle, he was an orphan at a muggle orphanage. Tom’s mother died shortly after his birth in 1926, and his rich muggle dad abandoned them both months before. Did this troubled young man turn out to be the most powerful evil wizard of all time because of his family issues? Newt was the headmaster at Hogwarts when Tom was a student, so there’s got to be more insight into the Dark Lord.

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The Office for House-Elf Relocation

Newt has described this job as “tedious in the extreme,” but we see some perfect opportunities for cracks about mundane corporate work, a la Office Space. I would also love to know what prompts a house elf to be relocated – is it like the witness protection program?

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Something About Werewolves, and/or a ‘Twilight’ Diss

Newt was the guy behind the Werewolf Register, for which all known werewolves must sign up, but why was this a necessity in the first place? Was there a big werewolf riot? Also, a joke knocking Twilight and/or a cameo from (a shirtless) Taylor Lautner would be greatly appreciated.

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Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s Epic Duel

Before Harry Potter vs. Voldemort, there was Albus Dumbledore vs. Gellert Grindelwald. Grindelwald was an evil international wizard terrorist who started the global wizarding war in the mid-1900s (around the same time as WWII). He was defeated by his former friend Albus Dumbeldore in a legendary duel that would be recounted throughout history. Also, I’d love to see Dumbeldore without his flowy white beard. I picture it like seeing a turtle without its shell.

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A Magical Subway System

If the witches and wizards of the world can access King’s Cross Station through magical passageways in between platforms, then there’s got to be some easier way to commute underground in New York. I also won't be surprised if Newt befriends some subway rats. They're not really "fantastic," but they're certainly the biggest beasts in the Big Apple. 

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