J.K. Rowling Announces There Will Be a Total of Five ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Films

by Rachel McRady 12:49 AM PDT, October 14, 2016
Playing J.K. Rowling Announces There Will Be a Total of Five ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Films

Apparently it’s really hard to find those Fantastic Beasts! With the Nov. 17 premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them right around the corner, script scribe J.K. Rowling made an exciting announcement at a promotional event in London on Thursday.

The Harry Potter author revealed that this upcoming film will be one of five in the new franchise that is set in the same wizarding world as her bestselling books.

Though Beasts and Potter share the same magical qualities, they are set 70 years apart, and Rowling has been clear that the new films are not a prequel to Harry’s tale.

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"We always knew it was going to be more than one movie, and we said a trilogy as a place holder,” Rowling told the crowd (per BBC)."But I've done the plotting properly and I'm pretty sure it's going to be five movies."

After announcing the news that there will be a total of five Fantastic Beasts films, Rowling took to Twitter to answer fans’ questions and clarify her comments.

When one follower noted that five might be too many, Rowling replied, “I think when you realise what story we’re *really* telling, you’ll understand that it can’t possibly fit in one movie!”

She added that “there’s a natural arc to five” and revealed that she’s “currently putting the finishing touches to the second one.”

The first Fantastic Beasts film will be released next month and stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander. It is set in New York City in the 1920s and will feature an American wizarding school.

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In addition to her work on the films, Rowling also approved the scripts for the two-part West End plays Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II, which premiered earlier this year, and compiled three more Potter-centric stories detailing the history of the characters and world from her popular series, which were recently released online.

For more from Fantastic Beasts, watch the clip below!