Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has just confirmed that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a five-part movie series, leaving fans excited to see more of the world of wizardry via Newt Scamander’s adventures.
Rowling made the announcement during the Q&A portion of the Global Fan Event broadcast in an hour-long live video feed posted in the Fantastic Beasts Facebook page, inciting cries of excitement from both the live crowd and commenters.
While the genius behind the worldwide hit franchise seems to have been done with Harry Potter after the launch of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, she appears to have busy years ahead of her as she spearheads the movies about Newt’s quest to locate magical beasts in the same world of wizardry.
Speaking at the Empire Theater in London, Rowling confirmed the expansion of the Harry Potter universe through Fantastic Beasts.
According to the author, she and several others have always known that Fantastic Beasts is worth more than one movie. After finalizing the plot, she was finally able to say just how many films it would take to bring justice to Newt’s adventures.
“We always knew that it was going to be more than one movie — we knew that from the start — so we set a trilogy as a sort of placeholder, because we knew there would be more than one movie. But I’ve now done the plotting properly, so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”
I think, when you realise what story we're *really* telling, you'll understand that it can't possibly fit in one movie! https://t.co/xV5vYwCDdr— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 13, 2016
Prior to the announcement, Warner Bros. have already scheduled a sequel for the flick, slated for theatrical release on November 16, 2018, in August.
At the time, the studio released a statement describing the sequel as a dive into “an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.”
Aside from that, director David Yates hinted at a more exciting Fantastic Beasts sequel which he described to be something that “takes the story in a whole new direction.”
“The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further. It’s a very interesting development from where we start out.”
The Fantastic Beasts sequel will feature well-known Harry Potter characters such as Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, who is rumored to appear in his younger form, though the flick is set to introduce many new wizards and witches that fans will surely love.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who becomes the means to expand the Potter-verse in the United States as his story is set in New York in 1926, 70 years before Harry Potter was even born.
Newt has just returned from his global expedition to locate and document extraordinary creatures in the wizarding world and decided to have a brief stop in New York City.
That’s when things begin to start going awry as a No-Maj or Muggle named Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) misplaces his magical case and accidentally releases some of the fantastic beasts enclosed therein.
Newt later finds himself in a quest to locate and capture the escaped magical creatures with the help of Jacob and others to prevent chaos and worsen the state of magical and non-magical relations in the U.S.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will hit theaters on November 18, 2016, featuring Redmayne, Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, and Colin Farrell, and is directed by David Yates.
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