Alfonso Cuaron Says There’s No Harry Potter Spin-Off

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“Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron has denied rumors he is heading back to the Harry Potter franchise to create the upcoming spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

These reports emerged last week, suggesting the Mexican filmmaker, who oversaw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, has become a frontrunner to create a new movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s wizard story from 2001.

However, Alfonso has denied the rumors, telling Spanish news agency EFE, “It was a very beautiful experience for me. I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire J.K. Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don’t attract me. I’m coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit.

Movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled for release in November 2016.

The book is about the magical creatures in the Harry Potter world of wizardry. It purports to be Harry Potter’s copy of the textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first novel of the Harry Potter series.

In a 2001 interview with publisher Scholastic, the author said that she chose the magical creatures because it was a fun topic for which she had previously developed a lot of information in earlier books.

Her name does not appear on the cover of the book, the work being credited under the pseudonym “Newt Scamander”.

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