Given how well it was likely to do, it was pretty much a given that Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them wouldn’t be the last we see of the Harry Potter franchise on the big screen – hell, two sequels had already been confirmed – but it turns out that isn’t even the half of it. Actually, it is almost literally the half of it, but hey ho.
Anyway, we digress. Speaking at the global fan event on Thursday 13 October, it was announced by JK Rowling herself that Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be the first of a planned five-film series. It’s quite the show of faith in a film that despite its source material, doesn’t contain any familiar characters and essentially a whole new series. We’re sure there won’t be too many complaints from Harry Potter fans though.
In addition to the first seven minutes of the film being shown to attendees, a new poster was also unveiled, which you can see below:
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters. The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be released in cinemas on 18 November 2016. For all the latest movie news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.