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Warner Bros. Sets 'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' For November 2016

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 13, 2014 5:29 PM
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Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them

It has barely been two years since "The Dark Knight Rises," yet today Warner Bros. unveiled their new-look Batman—played by Ben Affleck—who will be suiting up to play Bruce Wayne in "Batman vs. Superman" in 2016. So, that's four years between Christopher Nolan's film and whatever Zack Snyder is cooking up (and even less time than between "Spider-Man 3" and "The Amazing Spider-Man," FYI). Why the rush? Because there's gold in them hills, and they're looking to keep the money flowing, and no surprise, WB wants more of those "Harry Potter" riches too.

First announced last fall, and recently established as a new trilogy, the J.K. Rowling-penned "Harry Potter" spinoff series "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" now has a release date of November 18, 2016. It's already been a few years since "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" closed off the hugely successful series, and this is a way back in. Kinda. This new saga is said to take place seventy years before Harry even comes into the picture, so you probably won't see any suggestions of Harry and his pals (at least in the first installment). But given that Hollywood is all about linking universes these days, we won't be shocked if 'Fantastic Beasts' eventually nods to the boy wizard.

Thoughts? Are you interested in this? Let us know below. [via FirstShowing]

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  • Leah | May 14, 2014 4:35 PMReply

    I really hope no more Kloves and David Yates on this movie and NO "time turner" (young) characters from the ex-Potter movies especially Ms. Watson. It's nice to see some fresh actors. Kind of sick and tired of those young actors from the Potter movies especially the fandoms,

  • Anonymous | May 14, 2014 12:12 PMReply

    It's a magic universe with "time turners," an appearance by any character is technically possible.

  • Geek out | May 14, 2014 7:41 AMReply

    I may be revealing to much in disclosing the extent of my knowledge of the Harry Potter universe, but I'm personally excited at the potential for Rowling to flesh out the rise of Grindelwald and his eventual downfall at the hands of Dumbledore.

    Following the canon timeline, the duel occurs in 1945 (likely no coincidence) and the Fantastic Beasts storyline should begin around 1910-20 (given Harry was actually born in 1980, with the events of the books happening throughout the 1990s). As this new series is scheduled to be a trilogy, there may be enough scope to incorporate the Dumbledore/Grindelwald storyline.

    Enough from me.

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