It’s no surprise that Warner Bros. opted to go for more Harry Potter-based projects given the humongous success of the franchise’s first 8-film series, which grossed a worldwide total of over $7 billion. With the announcement that a new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, would be arriving in late 2016, fans the world over entered into a second bout of Pottermania.
Fantastic Beasts is till yet to be released, but as a result of the sheer amount of interest the new movie has already conjured up, the studio has gone ahead and shared with the public that there will be more to come.
In a recent post, writer J.K. Rowling made the comments, via the Fantastic Beasts twitter page, confirming that the studio plans to release five more films following on from the new story set into motion by this year’s film. Given the calibre of actor Warner Bros. now has in Eddie Redmayne, who plays protagonist Newt Scamander in the movie, we feel it’s safe to presume that he will return and indeed be the central figure of this new series.
Whether or not the narrative introduced in Fantastic Beasts will simply be carried over across the remaining installments, with Scamander continuing his mission to find and collect the escaped magical creatures, or whether each film will present a new adventure is unclear at present. But again, we can be pretty certain of Redmayne’s participation with these projects.
With Rowling’s increasing involvement in the production of the films, we can rest assured knowing that the imaginative author behind the books is more than capable of delivering an incredible story suited to the big screen, and that the reintroduction of the popular wizarding world will catapult the franchise up into the clouds once again.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
See Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it flies into cinemas December ..