Walker Books UK will publish a series of interactive children’s books based on 'JK Rowling's Wizarding World' ahead of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
Walker Books UK signed a sublicence agreement with Insight Editions, which has the rights to a global publishing program based on J K Rowling’s Wizarding World, in partnership with Warner Bros Consumer Products. The agreement is for “several” titles in novelty and interactive formats that explore and go behind the scenes of the film and the 'expanding universe' of 'JK Rowling's Wizarding World', and publication will start this October.
The film, written by J K Rowling, was inspired by her “Hogwarts textbook”, also entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was published by Bloomsbury Children’s in 2001. It follows the adventures of Newt Scamander as several of his magical creatures escape in New York, and will be released in the UK in November.
Walker Books UK will publish the books simultaneously with Walker Books Australia. In the US, the titles will be released by Walker’s sister company Candlewick Press.
Karen Lotz, m.d. of the Walker Group, said: “It is an extraordinary honour for our group to be chosen by the highly respected book publisher and packager, Insight Editions, as a global partner on this exciting and beloved property.
“We look forward to bringing young fans of J K Rowling’s Wizarding World across the UK and Australia exactly what they’ll be looking for this autumn and holiday season – books of extremely high quality, unique and beautifully presented content and innovative play value.”
In the UK, Scholastic is also producing children’s film tie-in books for Fantastic Beasts and its sequels, as well as tie-in books based on the original eight Harry Potter films, whilst HarperCollins is publishing adult tie-ins.
The screenplay of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be published by Little, Brown in November.