Renowned author J.K. Rowling is set to pen a screenplay for a movie based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , the fictitious textbook about the fauna in Harry Potter’s magical universe, Studio Warner Bros. announced on Thursday. The story — “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world” — is anticipated as the first in a series and will centre around the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander, set in New York 70 years before Harry’s time. — AP