J.K. Rowling Says We'll Learn About the American Hogwarts in 'Fantastic Beasts' Movie
By John Boone
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Occasionally we forget that J.K. Rowling is making a movie out of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and then something happens -- like Eddie Redmaynebeing cast as magizoologist Newt Scamander -- and we remember all over again that next year we’re returning to the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
To be fair, Fantastic Beasts will take place 70 years before the Harry Potter films (the script itself is inspired by a textbook of the same title that was required reading in the Care of Magical Creatures course at Hogwarts) and won’t take place in the U.K., but in New York.
O.G. Harry Potter fans already know that there’s an American school -- in a 2000 interview, Rowling said Americans “have their own school...Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland,” and in Goblet of Fire, The American Salem Witches’ Institute is in attendance at the Quidditch World Cup -- but nothing else is known about the school.
Especially since Rowling clarified it actually isn’t Witches’ Institute:
She teased a little more information in subsequent tweets. Not enough to tell us anything concrete, but enough to send our imaginations into overdrive: