J.K. Rowling announced at a Warner Bros. fan event today that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a five-film franchise.
“We always knew that it was going to be more than one movie — we knew that from the start — so we set a trilogy as a sort of placeholder, because we knew there would be more than one movie,” Rowling said at the Empire Theatre in London. “But I’ve now done the plotting properly, so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”
Warner Bros. announced back in August that a sequel to Fantastic Beasts was already in the works and would also be directed by David Yates. He teased at the fan event that the second film will take place in another global capital city, “It will be very different.” My guess is that it will either be Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro since there is a long-established and prestigious wizarding school both in Japan and Brazil (there are of course nine other schools worldwide, I just think it’s most likely to be one of these cities first).
The following featurette was also shown at the fan event, providing the most detailed look of Fantastic Beasts so far:
Although us Potter fans are accustomed to dark magic, having to deal with Lord Voldemort for so long, we forget that there was another great Dark Wizard before him: Gellert Grindelwald. You know, Albus Dumbledore’s once-BFF and believer in the Deathly Hallows, who eventually took the ideal “For the Greater Good” too far and committed mass genocide. Which lead to the duel of a lifetime between the two and ultimately his defeat, landing him in Nurmengard (and also losing the Elder Wand to Dumbledore).
Anyways… Grindelwald is at full power in the background of Fantastic Beasts. He wants to overturn the Statue of Secrecy, allowing wizards and witches to be able to live freely and openly amongst Muggles (or No-Maj). This is huge deal in America, where the reception of magic has created a more extreme separation between the wizarding and non-wizarding communities. So when Newt Scamander’s magical creatures get loose, it puts a lot at stake because of the heightened fear created by Grindelwald.
And yes, Yates even confirmed that a young Dumbledore and Grindelwald will have a cameo!
Just when I thought I couldn’t be more excited for this film, it goes and makes me feel like Dobby receiving his first sock. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them apparates into theaters November 18.