Rowling won't fail to keep the magic alive
Warner Bros. Entertainment announced Thursday in a press release that the company will be partnering with J.K. Rowling for a variety of new projects based on the author's published works. Notable projects include the expansion of various locations of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and a new film series titled*"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,*, penned by Rowling herself and based on a book she published in 2001 that is set in the world of Harry Potter.
It is refreshing to see such a world-renowned author open to having her source material adapted for other entertainment media. More importantly, her firmness in maintaining tight control over the creations ensures the quality of the adapted works.
Rowling has been known to work closely with others on projects related to her original source materials. Upon the film release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The New York Times wrote that she consulted Steve Kloves, who adapted the Harry Potter books into films, about the movie scripts when he took them in the wrong direction or neglected to portray a character correctly. She also took aside actor Alan Rickman, who plays the books' baddest teacher Professor Snape, and revealed to him some key character plot points before the release of her books to allow him to portray the character accurately, according to The Huffington Post.
The Today Show reported that Rowling also collaborated with Tom Williams, the chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts, to ensure that she was satisfied with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when it first opened in 2009. She is now working with producers on a television adaptation of her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, to be aired on BBC One in 2014, according to BBC.
Her close work with the movies and theme parks have paid off so far, and there is little reason to believe that the quality of entertainment based on her books will slip anytime soon, as hinted at by the stellar work produced thus far. By collaborating willingly and closely with those wishing to adapt her novels, Rowling has ensured that her original visions are not forgotten. The fact that she is writing the latest film based on her original Harry Potter series is promising too: She has shown herself a masterful storyteller though print, and this latest endeavor into screenplay should prove no different. The story line also promises to be brand new, meaning that the film should not feel like material used in previous films being rehashed as a profit-making venture.
Rowling is admirable for her willingness to give her fans more ways to enjoy her works while remaining deeply involved in their adaptations to ensure that each new product is just as engaging as the original.