J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Will Now Be Five Films Instead of a Trilogy

Brace yourselves, Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling announced during a fan event in London on Thursday, October 13, that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will consist of five movies, instead of the previously reported trilogy.

“I’m pretty sure that there are going to be five movies, now that I’ve been able to properly plot them out,” the best-selling author, 51, said at the Empire theater while discussing her latest project. “We always knew that there would be more than one.”

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Eddie Redmayne in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ Jaap Buitendijk

The film, which marks Rowling’s first-ever screenplay, is scheduled to hit theaters on November 18. According to Variety, the second film is already in the works and a third is expected to come out in November 2020.

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J. K. Rowling attends the press preview of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at Palace Theatre on July 30, 2016, in London. Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The first 10 minutes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was shown to fans at the event. According to Variety, the film “opens with investigators tracking the unseen beasts in the countryside followed by a variety of headlines from 1926 papers including ‘Is Anyone Safe?’ and references to the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.”

The beginning of the highly anticipated movie also shows star Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, telling creatures in his briefcase to “settle down” while he attempts to go through U.S. customs successfully.

“I feel an incredible amount of pressure,” the 34-year-old Oscar winner said at the event when asked about following in the successful footsteps of the Harry Potter films.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18. The second film is expected to open in November 2018. 

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