David Yates to direct 'Harry Potter' spin-off

Written by Press Trust of India | Los Angeles | Updated: Aug 22 2014, 20:27pm hrs
David yatesYates made his feature debut by helming 2007's Harry Potter. (Reuters)
Director David Yates, who helmed four of the eight 'Harry Potter' movies, is back in the JK Rowling created world of wizardry to direct spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.

Rowling is writing the screenplay for the movie, which is set 70 years before the events of the Potter series, and centers on a fictitious author named Newton Artemis Fido Scamander.

In Potter lore, Scamander compiled a reference guide to magical beasts, and the movies will follow his adventures after he is commissioned to write the tome. Unlike the Potter stories, which kicked off in London, Fantastic Beasts will begin in New York, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Yates made his feature debut by helming 2007's 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', 'Half-Blood Prince and parts 1 and 2 of 'Deathly Hallows'.