J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. — A Magical Chronology

14-year partnership has been stunningly successful

Thursday’s announcement of the expanded partnership between J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. — inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — comes 14 years after the first formal agreement to launch the Harry Potter franchise.

Two years earlier, David Heyman’s London office had discovered Rowling’s first book. A chronology to a stunningly successful partnership:

1997: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” published on June 30. Heyman begins efforts to secure the film rights. It would be re-named “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S.

1999: Warner Bros. and Rowling agree to a deal for films based on the first four books.

2000: Daniel Radcliffe discovered by Heyman and writer Steve Kloves after a seven-month search; Emma Watson and Rupert Grint also cast and production begins in September.

2001: First Potter movie opens in November and grosses $974 million.

2002: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” opens in November and grosses $878 million. Chris Columbus returns as the director.

2004: Alfsono Cuaron directs “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” which opens in June and grosses $790 million — the lowest total in the series.

2005: MIke Newell directs “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which grosses $900 million.

2007: David Yates directs “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which grosses $940 million. Yates goes on to direct the last three films.

2007: Plans announced for a theme park, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in Orlando. The park opens in 2010.

2008: Warner Bros. announces it will make two films from the final “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” book.

2009: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” grosses $940 million.

2010: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” opens and grosses $960 million.

2011: The final film opens and becomes by far the most successful title with $1.34 billion in worldwide grosses. Final total for the series is $7.1 billion.

April 2013: Los Angeles County supervisors approve plans for a “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park, replacing the Gibson Ampitheater.

September 2013:  “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” partnership announced.

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  1. emmazaremba22 says:

    I really hope this works out. It will attract all the Harry Potter lovers. Even though they claim that it isn’t a prequel to the Harry Potter series, people are going to fall for it just because it’s associated.

  2. Really says:

    Apparently if you read Cyberhunter book on Kindle it tells you all about the beasts and where to find them, didn’t JK Rowlings get sued over Harry Potter and Warner Brothers.

    • JK Rowlings Maid says:

      Yep that’s why she had to write her new book under a pseudo name.

      • JK Rowlings Maid says:

        Apparently some other author sued JK Rowlings for using something in her book in one of her books. Maybe Warner Brothers wants more lawsuits. Coz I heard they almost got sued last time over Harry Potter.

  3. Interestingly says:

    Just shows you if you get the right support with a bit of talent you can go far. I pray that this movie Cyberhunter gets the same support from these companies as the movie, book and game sound amazing. The book author Jill Thrussell has already written the movie script, book and games concept. Perhaps she could be the next JK Rowlings.

    • Questioin says:

      When is Cyberhunter movie coming out not interested in JK Rowlings, once she got sued by so many people it spoilt the magic for me. No smoke without fire and all that. Much prefer to read someone’s work who doesn’t lift material from other writers. I read Jill Thrussell’s bio shes a writer, author and director right. Lovely.

  4. Interestingly says:

    Yeah JK Rowlings is really good at writing children’s books. Most of her work though seemed to fall back on CS Lewis books which were incredibily successful. I noticed the similarities when I took the time to read them.

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