Rowling hints at American Hogwarts in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Los Angeles, June 10 (IANS) “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has confirmed the long-rumoured existence of an American version of Hogwarts, which may be featured in the forthcoming prequel movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

While taking part in a question-and-answer session on Twitter, the 49-year-old was asked by one fan whether the main protagonist Newt Scamander would be visiting a school in New York as part of the film’s plot and what its name would be.

Although Rowling remained coy on the exact name of the American school, she dropped enough hints to confirm that it indeed exists and that Fantastic Beasts’ Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) will meet pupils of the school — both past and present, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Rowling also said the school would not be based in New York, and would be founded on the principles of Native American culture, and would have a name with an “immigrant” element to it.

She was asked by another fan whether the school would have any links to Native American-Indian culture, she wrote: “If I answer that fully it will reveal the location of the school, but you can take that as a yes!”

The screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts” will be written by Rowling herself.

Directed by David Yates, the film is scheduled to release on November 18, 2016.

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