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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them magically expands into a 5-movie series

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Like the dreaded acromantula, which can grow to massive and dangerous size if given the proper conditions to expand and thrive, J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them continues to get bigger. The Harry Potter spin-off was already being developed as a trilogy, tracing Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander as he wanders around the 1920s Wizarding World, looking for assorted bicorns and glumbumbles to add to his collection. Now, Variety reports that three movies won’t be enough to contain all that magical box-office power, prompting Warner Bros. to expand the series out to five feature films.

Rowling made the announcement at a fan event this week, telling the crowd, “I’m pretty sure that there are going to be five movies, now that I’ve been able to properly plot them out.” Fantastic Beasts marks the bestselling author’s first stab at writing a screenplay (or five, as it turns out). “I learned how to write a screenplay while writing a screenplay,” she noted. “I wouldn’t recommend it.”


Fantastic Beasts is out next month, with a second film currently slated for November 2018. Frequent Harry Potter director David Yates is attached to direct those first two movies, although it’s not clear how long he’ll be sticking with the series as its duration continues to grow.