‘Fantastic Beasts’ Expands To Five Films

By October 14, 2016


J.K. Rowling was probably scratching her head when fans of the Harry Potter movie franchise mourned the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 in 2011.

For those fans, what would they have to look forward to in the Harry Potter universe?

Rowling and Warner Bros. answered with plans to make a trilogy of prequel films beginning with this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Except we were all wrong. It won’t be a trilogy. According to Deadline, it will be five films.

The author shared the news at a fan event promoting Fantastic Beasts, which stars Eddie Redmayne and opens Nov. 18. Not long after, the film’s official Twitter account shared the news to the world.

The Fantastic Beasts films, all five of them, will have a significant advantage over the Harry Potter series, however: There are no books fans can read ahead to find out what happens.

Rowling published a book called Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them in 2001 under the pseudonym Newt Scamander, the character in the Harry Potter books who authored the textbook. This book, however, was published as a textbook, highlighting many of the magical creatures Rowling created for the Harry Potter series, including many that never made it into the actual series.

David Yates, the film’s director who also helmed four of the later Harry Potter films, also gave clues on the announced sequel, which is planned for 2018. The biggest was that the next film would not be in New York, but instead “in another global capital city.”

gellert101416The first film will see not only a younger Albus Dumbledore show up, but what could be a potential big bad for the series: Gellert Grindelwald.

For those who didn’t study the deep details of the Harry Potter universe, Grindelwald was a dark wizard who terrorized the world before Voldemort came about. In fact, it’s Grindelwald’s wand that Voldemort seeks in the final two Harry Potter films, which he hopes he can use to finally kill the young wizard.

Fantastic Beasts stars Oscar-winning Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the book’s fictional author. It also stars Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Pearlman, Katherine Waterston and Carmen Ejogo.
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