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FantasticBeastsWell, the rumors are confirmed. Warner Bros. has officially announced the production of three new Harry Potter spin-off films, based on J.K. Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The trilogy begins in New York, 70 years before the first Harry Potter novel, and is a chronicle of the adventures of the book’s fictional author, Hufflepuff hero Newt Scamander. Though the book expands upon the Potter universe, it’s not a prequel to Harry Potter, nor will the new trilogy of films be.

Rowling will be writing the film scripts herself. She said in a press release, “The idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.”

Though casting and production schedule have not yet been announced (nor has a director), Warner Bros. says the first film will be in theaters on November 18, 2016.

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