J.K. Rowling Says ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is Now a Five-Film Series

It’s one of the most anticipated movies of the year, an epic spin-off of a beloved pop culture franchise that reveals the story behind an element of the original that audiences took for granted. And no, it’s not Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the OTHER movie that’s exactly like that.

And while we all expected that Fantastic Beasts would be bigger than just one movie, because the Harry Potter franchise went on for eight whole movies and it only makes sense that Warner Bros. would want another regular series of tentpole movies to make their stockholders happy, it now appears that J.K. Rowling’s latest magical work will be longer than the trilogy we all seem to have assumed it would be. In a Facebook Q&A earlier today, the billionaire novelist declared that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – which hits theaters on November 18, 2016 – is officially being planned as a five-film series.

“I can say one thing,” J.K. Rowling told the crowd. “We were doing some script sessions the other day, and I can tell you that we always knew it was going to be more than one movie, we knew that from the start. We said ‘a trilogy’ as a kind of placeholder, didn’t we, because we knew there would be more than one movie. But we’ve now, I think we can say… am I allowed to say that, David [Heyman, producer]? Yes, so I’ve now done the plotting properly so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”

As for what those five movies would entail, it’s hard to say, but screenwriter Steve Kloves did mention earlier in the interview that the next film will feature the wizard Newt Scamander in “yet another capital city,” but not New York City, where Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place.

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“We’ll next see Newt in yet another capital city,” screenwriter Steve Kloves mentioned earlier in the interview, but he wouldn’t go into further detail, at David Heyman’s request.

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