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    "Fantastic Beasts" Is Getting Five Movies In Total

    "We've now done the plotting properly, and we're pretty sure it's gonna be five movies," J.K. Rowling said at a fan event on Thursday.

    When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was announced as a movie, it also came with the announcement that it'd be a series, likely a trilogy.

    But now, as the movie's Nov. 18 release date approaches, things have changed. As J.K. Rowling herself announced at a Fantastic Beasts live fan event on Thursday, there won't just be THREE movies — there will be FIVE.

    "We've now done the plotting properly, and we're pretty sure it's gonna be five movies," Rowling said at the event.

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    Said plotting includes the looming figure of Gellert Grindelwald, the pre-Voldemort malevolent wizard Albus Dumbledore knew (and, as Rowling later revealed, loved) in his youth.

    As a new Fantastic Beasts featurette (above) hints, the larger story arc Rowling is referring to might have something to do with the trouble Grindelwald is stirring up in Europe during the era the first Beasts movie is set.

    On Twitter after the event, Rowling was very clear that she doesn't mean "at least" five movies. She means FIVE MOVIES.

    Not 'at least.' Five. Five movies.

    Five. Not seven. Not three. Five. (Got a feeling this is going to be the new 'not a prequel').

    Thank you! (But it's five).

    5. Five. Cinq. Fünf. Cinco. Cinque.

    No... it will be FIVE PREQUELS!

    I see what you did there. 4.95 (0.05 is nerves).

    She also assured fans there is a story-related reason for the decision.

    I think, when you realise what story we're *really* telling, you'll understand that it can't possibly fit in one mo…

    I'm sure. There's a natural arc to five. You'll see.

    So get ready for a lot more Newt Scamander. He's not going anywhere.