Harry Potter fans were treated to a fantastic news last Thursday (October 13) after author J.K. Rowling made public the expansion of the Fantastic Beasts film franchise to five films.
That’s right. Five, instead of the previously announced three.
The announcement happened during the Fantastic Beasts IMAX fan event at Leicester Square in London where it was also streamed worldwide via Facebook Live.
“We were doing some script sessions the other day. We always knew it was going to be more than one movie. We knew that from the start. We set a trilogy as a placeholder. I’ve now done the plotting properly, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies,” Rowling told the participants.
Director David Yates also confirmed the involvement of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in the first film, with the latter playing an import role in the films to come.
Fantastic Beasts also dropped an exciting 4-minute featurette that highlights a more complex story than those shown in previous trailers.
Judging from this new footage, it looks like Grindelwald is positioned to be the Voldemort of this five-part franchise.
And with the mention of Albus Dumbledore and the appearance of the Deathly Hallows symbol, we can expect to see the eventual 1945 duel between the two powerful wizards soon.
“This is new material. There are ways in which we connect to the Potter books that I think people will find surprising,” Rowling said in the featurette.
She then added, “We’re talking about the first time a wizard rose and threatened the world order. This was always where I was interested in going. This is what I wanted to do.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits US theaters on November 18.