Well, it looks like Warner Bros just can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet Potterverse money. Fantastic Beasts is now officially a five-part series.
The announcement came directly from the Fantastic Beasts official Twitter account.
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) October 13, 2016
J.K. Rowling herself went on to answer a few fans questioning the decision and to correct news outlets mistakenly reporting “at least 5”. She assured that there is a clear story arc to be told over the films, and that the number is in fact “Five. Not seven. Not three. Five.”
The first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, releases November 18th and was originally slated as the first in a trilogy. David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, returned for Beasts with Rowling serving as screenwriter. Rowling confirmed she is currently putting the finishing touches on the sequel. No word yet if Yates will return for the rest as well.
Fantastic Beasts centers on Newt Scamander (played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne), a globetrotting “magizoologist” who collects and researches the titular creatures. After an unfortunate incident sets some of the beasts loose from a magical briefcase, Scamander is tasked with recapturing the creatures before they can wreak havoc on New York and the rest of the world.
What say you, Potter fans? Are you in for another FIVE films over the next several years? I say bring it. Give me all of it, and please have Dan Fogler along for the entire ride. He pulls the best faces.
Potter it up all you want, Fogler. You will always be Hutch to me.
Can this new pentalogy of films (doesn’t really roll off the tongue, does it?) rekindle the wizarding magic of the original Potter octalogy? (Eesh, that sounds just as weird).
The adventure begins November 18th.