The Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will, as it has long been rumoured, be a trilogy, after Warner Brothers today announced that they had given the green light to two sequels to the upcoming first film in the Harry Potter spin-off series.
The news, which comes three months before the release of the first film in November, is a strong show of confidence from Warner Brothers, who debuted the films second and eagerly anticipated trailer at this years San Diego Comic Con.
Confident it may be, but no one can say it’s misplaced confidence, with yesterdays release of 300,000 tickets for the two part Harry Potter play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child selling out in a matter of hours, meaning that over a years worth of performances have sold out and the Friday Forty (a random lottery to allocate 40 tickets for the next weeks shows) will be the only way many fans can get their hands on tickets.
For those who couldn’t make it to the play, July 31st marked not only the birthdays of Harry Potter and the series’ author JK Rowling, but also the world wide publication of a hardback, rehearsal version of the Cursed Child script, which shot to the top of Best Seller lists around the world in a matter of minutes, proving undeniable there is still a strong audience for stories from the Harry Potter universe!
Warner Bros said the second film “moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world”.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Oscar Winning actor Eddie Redmayne as magizooligist and renowned Hufflepuff Newt Scamander, and takes place decades before Harry Potter. The film was scripted by JK Rowling, who has been confirmed by Warner Brothers as returning to write at least one of the Sequels, and directed by David Yates, the director of the last four films in the originally Harry Potter series, who will also return for the Fantastic Beasts sequel.
The second film of the trilogy is set to be released on 16th November 2018, with the third following on 20th December 2020.
Until then, though, let’s all just watch the trailer to the first film, out 18th November, on repeat…
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