The wizarding world is about to get wild! Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday, May 13, that the first installment of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has a release date.
The studio revealed that part one of the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy will hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2016. No further casting, production or directorial information was provided at the time, though it was revealed last month that Rowling has agreed to pen the screenplays for the spinoff series.
Fantastic Beasts' script will be based on Rowling's Hogwarts textbook of the same name. The 54-page guide to the wizarding world was released by the international bestselling author back in 2001, between the release dates of books four and five of the Harry Potter series. Though Fantastic Beasts will not contain the same characters, Harry Potter fans should fear not: Rowling is expected to bring the same magical realm back for viewers to enjoy.
The new series follows the wanderings of magizoologist Newt Scamander, who exists seven decades before the beloved "boy who lived."
In a Facebook post last September, Rowling divulged more information about what's to come: "The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films," she told fans, "but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway."
Combined, all eight Harry Potter movies, which were released by Warner Bros., grossed more than $7 billion worldwide.
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