Rowling Confirms Trilogy Of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Movies


Way back in 2014, the New York Times carried an interview with Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros, which among others things casually mentioned that Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the spin-off from Harry Potter, would be a trilogy of movies. Last year, another feature in License! Global magazine confirmed that Warners Bros was planning three movies in the series. The internet, however, didn’t seem to be listening because the news didn’t come from social media. But in the last 48 hours media pundits finally caught up with the story thanks to a Tweet from Potter creator JK Rowling.

Responding to an enquiry about whether Harry Potter And The Cursed Child would be a film (which we bet it will one day, but not for the moment) the author posted the following:

So now it’s official. Not that it wasn’t before.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them started out a text book mentioned in the first Potter book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In 2001 Rowling then wrote Fantastic Beasts, a kind of magical bestiary, for the charity Comic Relief. The textbook details the varieties of beasts found in the Harry Potter universe, the conceit being that it was penned by magizoologist Newt Scamander.

In 2013, Warner Bros  announced the production of a  Fantastic Beasts movie with Rowling making her screenwriting debut. Clearly it was never going to be an adaptation of the book. Instead it’s a whole new story, following the adventures of Newt Scamander who finds himself in a bit of a pickle after he accidentally lets many of his fantastic beasts loose in New York City in the 1920s.

The film is being directed by David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter movies, and stars  Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, along with Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Carmen Ejogo, Jon Voight and Ron Perlman.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be released in the UK on 18 November 2016.

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