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David Yates to direct Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

David Yates, director of Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Harry Potter director David Yates is set to return to that world for the first installment of the boy wizard’s spin-off trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Although the appointment has yet to be officially confirmed by Warner Bros, trade publication Variety maintains that insiders have revealed that Yates is locked in negotiations and looks almost certain to revisit the world.

Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, Fantastic Beasts is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander.

As yet, no actor has been cast in the lead role, a character described as a “magizoologist”, and who is in his early 20s.

Author JK Rowling has previously said of the spin-off: “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

The film currently has a release date of November 18, 2016.

Yates is currently filming Tarzan until November.

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