It doesn’t feel like the magic really left but surprise, surprise there’s even more of it. The world of Harry Potter is expanding with a big screen adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Yes, it’s a trilogy.
JK Rowling made the announcement on Thursday after a fan deciphered her vague Tweet from October 6, which turned out to be an anagram.
Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won't tolerate this nonsense.- J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014
#helpfulhint The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story. It isn’t part of the script, but sets the scene.- J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014
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_rowling) October 7, 2014
In 2001, Rowling published the book under the pseudonym Newt Scamander and built an elaborate backstory to give this other author an interesting personality. Scamander is from Hufflepuff and has worked in several departments in the Ministry of Magic. He is also an extensive traveler and his journeys will likely be the focus of the films.
The first movie is set for release on November 18, 2016 and will be directed by David Yates, who also worked on Order of the Phoenix and Death Hallows Part 2.
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