J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film Gets Release Date

FILE This is a Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 file photo of British author J.K. Rowling as she poses for the photographers during photo call to unveil her new book, entitled: 'The Casual Vacancy', at the Southbank Centre in London. J.K. Rowling's world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen _ but without Harry Potter. Studio Warner Bros. announced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, that Rowling will write the screenplay for a movie based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," her textbook to the magical universe she created in the Potter stories. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
Author J.K. Rowling in 2012.
Lefteris Pitarakis, File/AP

Warner Bros. announced that the first film installment of J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will arrive in theaters Nov. 18, 2016, confirmed Variety . The “Harry Potter” spinoff will be made up of three “megamovies” based on the 54-page book written as a companion to the popular series.

The films will take place seven decades prior to Harry’s Hogwarts days and will focus on “magizoologist” Newt Scamander in New York. Casting for the upcoming films is currently under wraps, but we’ll keep you posted as news is released.

In related news, details for an upcoming Gringotts (the wizarding bank, for all of you MUGGLES) area of Universal Studios’ Harry Potter-themed park also emerged today. The new area will feature “a 60-foot dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank, a labyrinth of Gringotts vaults, and a marble hall with goblins.”

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