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J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts" Trilogy Will Be Released From 2016

Warner Bros. confirmed that the first instalment will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films.

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The Fantastic Beasts films will be released in 2016, 2018, and 2020.

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The dates were announced by Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara, speaking yesterday at the Time Warner investors' meeting.

He also confirmed reports that the first instalment will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.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, but Newt [Scamander]'s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway.

Last week, Rowling, who will write the screenplays herself, tweeted this anagram, which hinted at further details about the new trilogy.

Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.

J.K. Rowling@jk_rowlingFollow

Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.

10:06 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The solution was this.

And she then shared this.

Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained... for the length of a movie, anyway. X

J.K. Rowling@jk_rowlingFollow

Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained... for the length of a movie, anyway. X

10:08 PM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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