J.K. Rowling confirms 'Fantastic Beasts' timeline in Twitter Q&A
With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them expanding the Harry Potter universe further, it’s only natural fans of the original series would have some questions. Luckily, they know where they can find the script’s author J.K. Rowling: Twitter, of course.
In a series of tweets, Rowling dropped a few hints into eager social media users’ laps, answering questions about the latest film set in the Wizarding World. (Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen or read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, disapparate from this story right now!)
Rowling confirmed that Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) was indeed wearing a Hufflepuff scarf in the film, and that Queenie Goldstein (played by Alison Sudol) would be returning in future films. She also reassured anxious viewers and readers that Frank was a Thunderbird and did make it back home to Arizona okay.
However, with four films still to go in the franchise, Rowling wasn’t able to fill in all of fans’ blanks, such as why Newt’s experience being expelled from Hogwarts was so different from Hagrid’s. Though she did explain the film series’ addition of two extra films was because of the story she’s telling, which begins in 1926, and ends in 1945.
The new films, which are based on a book within the Harry Potter series, follow the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander, with his first one taking him to 1920s New York as he attempts to track a magical beast—all while anti-magical sentiment swirls around him.
See all of Rowling’s answers below, and see all of EW’s Fantastic Beasts coverage here.