When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in 2001 one of the most popular film franchises was born. In 2016, Harry Potter will be reaching another milestone as the magic is set to be revived for fans all over the world.
It was rumoured last year that there would be a spinoff film from the Harry Potter universe. The first generation fans of the book series, now in their adult life, will once again relive those moments of wonder associated with the series.
So, are you ready for more Harry Potter? Here are some facts you should know before you receive your Hogwarts acceptance letter.
#1 It’s a trilogy
JK Rowling has stated the spinoff will be at least a trilogy. Get ready for new films and the months of waiting that comes along with them. The first film is said to be released in 2016, the second in 2018 and the third in 2020.
#2 It’s titled “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Back in 2001, the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was released to the public. It was a companion book to the series and was written by JK Rowling. The book proceeds were donated to Comic Relief to help poor children all over the world.
In the wizarding world, the book was written by a magizoologist and describes 75 magical species. If you’re a fan of the series you might know this book was required for first years in their Care of Magical Creatures class.
#3 The main character is Newt Scamander
Newt Scamander became a magizoologist due to his interests in magical beasts. Scamander was a Hufflepuff and worked in several fields throughout his career. He was awarded an Order of Merlin, Second Class in 1979.
JK Rowling hinted at the main character of the new trilogy in her tweet: “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense!”
The tweet was an anagram and fans successfully figured out the answer: “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.” According to Rowling, this is the first line in a synopsis which discusses the overall storyline.
#4 Eddie Redmayne might star as Newt Scamander
Surprise, surprise. Eddie Redmayne is at the top of the list of favourites to play Newt. He, according to fans is the perfect vision of Scamander and will be the best to act the part. Although nothing’s confirmed yet, we are keeping our fingers crossed for this.
Other actors who have been considered for the role include Matt Smith, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Cox, Sam Riley and Aneurin Bernard.
#5 It will be set around 70 years before the events of Harry Potter
Sadly, we won’t be seeing the HP trio in the trilogy since it will be set in Scamander’s time, 70 years before the Potter adventures. Dumbledore is expected to appear, however.
#6 It will be directed by David Yates
The first two instalments of Harry Potter were directed by Chris Columbus. Alfonso Cuaron took over on the third movie and Mike Newel worked on the fourth. For the last four instalments, David Yates took the reins and will continue his work for the new trilogy.
#7 JK Rowling will write the screenplay
All of the screenplays for the previous movies were written by Steve Koves (except for the fifth film when Michael Goldenberg took the helm). This time, Rowling has decided to write the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts herself.
This will be Rowling’s first venture into screenwriting and fans are very supportive.
#8 A theme park extension is in the works
Yes, there are already plans for a theme park to complete the trilogy’s commercial release. The enthusiasm from fans certainly fuelled this. The park will sync up with the already famous Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Islands of Adventure.
#9 Sorry, you won’t be seeing any main HP characters
As the new story is set in New York 70 years before Harry, Ron and Hermione had their adventures at Hogwarts, the trilogy won’t be like other HP films.
#10 Expect Dumbledore
Dumbledore may be the only charater from the original series to make an appearance in the trilogy. He is of course alive during that time as he was born in 1881. If the Dumbledore rumors are true, Michael Gambon will be playing his young self instead of a new actor.
#11 It will be awesome
Although Fantastic Beasts is unattached to the main HP storyline we have come to love, it will still be fantastic. And if the casting and execution are done well, it might leave a legacy as powerful as the original films. We hope Fantastic Beasts will be just as magical and memorable as the HP series we’ve learned to love, but for now we will just have to wait!
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