Harry Potter fans, rejoice! The movie series is not quite over! In a surprising — yet super exciting — turn of events, J.K. Rowling recently announced on Twitter the fabulous news: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter prequel, won’t be made into just one movie. Nope, even better. It will be made into three, full-length feature films.
In response to a fan’s inquiry questioning whether or not Rowling’s current play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will also be turned into a movie, Rowling responded:
“You heard wrong, I’m afraid. #CursedChild is a play. #FantasticBeasts will be 3 movies, though!https://t.co/7tvw4rolcR
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 29, 2016“
In the same tweet, Rowling cleared up any confusion that Harry Potter and The Cursed Child would be headed to the big screen. Unlike Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child will be sticking strictly to the stage, although fans were far from disappointed when Rowling delivered the big news.
The upcoming film, commonly referred to as Fantastic Beasts is currently in production with Warner Brothers using a screenplay written by Rowling herself.
The movie will be set in the 1920s, 70 years before Harry was born. Although set in the same wizarding world, the plot follows Newt Scamander, a famed “Magizoologist” who collects magical creatures.
The first part of the three feature films will star Eddie Redmayne, and it will also include other actors such as Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston and more. It is expected to come out November 18, 2016.