The Harry Potter universe just got a bit larger.
J.K. Rowling at a Warner Bros. fan event in London earlier today said that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff, which Rowling wrote the screenplay for, will now be a five-film franchise. The spinoff marks her first ever screenplay.
“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.”
Director David Yates, producer David Heyman and stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler also made appearances at the London event. Meanwhile, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight attended the event in Los Angeles.
Warner Bros. Pictures had announced back in August that a second movie was already in the works. Yates is also directing the sequel from a script by Rowling. Yates teased on Thursday that the second film will not take place in New York City like in the upcoming film but will take place in another global capital city. “It will be very different,” said Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films. Yates also said the film will feature a cameo by a young Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald — characters from the original Harry Potter movies.
“He is featured in a wonderful scene between Colin and Eddie,” said Yates.
Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them releases on November 16th.