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Sequel confirmed for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

Story by Jack Foley

A SEQUEL to the forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been confirmed by Warner Bros.

The decision has been made three months before the first film, starring Eddie Redmayne, is even released in cinemas – on November 18, 2016 (in both the US and UK).

JK Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on Fantastic Beasts, will also pen the sequel.

And David Yates – who directed the final four Harry Potter films – will return at the helm, having also directed Fantastic Beasts.

A statement from Warner Bros said the second film “moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world”.

Rowling previously said the Fantastic Beasts films – based on her book of the same name – would be a trilogy, but this is the first time Warner Bros has confirmed the plan.

It has even gone so far as to issue a release date for the follow-up: November 16, 2018.

The announcement comes as Rowling’s world of wizards and magic continues to expand.

A new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, opened over the weekend to rave reviews in London and sold-out performances.

And the script of the play, just published, has already sold 2 million copies in two days, according to Scholastic.

In addition, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., Hollywood and Osaka, Japan, are drawing record crowds.

And Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter is now online and generating robust business.

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