We’re still a few months aways from journeying back to the wizarding world with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, but that hasn’t stopped Warner Bros from setting a release date for the sequel. The as yet untitled follow-up will launch in cinemas worldwide on November 16, 2018, and is expected to start production early next year,
Set more than 70 years before the events of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts is the story of keen magizoologist (somebody who studies magical creatures) Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who arrives in America to attend the Magical Congress. However, Newt mistakenly unleashes a briefcase full of fantastical creatures and must find a way to catch them all while concealing the magical world’s existence from muggles.
There might be no more Harry Potter books on the horizon, but the world continues to be enchanted by J.K Rowling’s creation. The highly anticipated two-part play (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child) is enjoying a sell out run and the recently published script book set new records by selling more than 680,000 copies in its first three days. According to Rowling, the epic five-hour play brings Harry’s story to an end, and she has no plan to revive the character for a new series of books.
“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realised so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
We might have to wait until Warner Bros has found all the Fantastic Beasts, but their attention will eventually turn to The Cursed Child to be adapted for the big screen. Having helmed four Harry Potter movies and Fantastic Beasts, David Yates will return to direct chapter two of the trilogy from a screenplay by J.K Rowling.
Also starring Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them can be found in cinemas on November 18.