Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - Katherine Waterston, Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudo and Dan Fogler
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - Propentina (Katherine Waterston), Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Queenie (Alison Sudo) and Jacob (Dan Fogler) ©2015 Warner Bros

This week it has been announced that a second Fantastic Beasts is now in the works. JK Rowling will again script the movie, making this only her second screenplay.

Fantastic Beasts 2 will move deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other new heroes have to decide on their allegiances.

For the Harry Potter film series JK Rowling’s wrote the books and advised on the scripts. It was only with this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that she turned her hand to writing the actual screenplays.

Director David Yates will also return. We know him well from our set visits to the Harry Potter studios. David was responsible for final four Harry Potter films. He has recently completed helming the first in the new wizard world series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The new film will also continued to have the guiding hands of producers David Heyman, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Wizarding franchise

In addition to the newly added Fantastic Beasts series of movies there is the stage play and theme park attractions.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - Harry, Albus and Ginny
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – Harry (Jamie Parker), Albus (Sam Clemmett) and Ginny (Poppy Miller) ©2016 Pottermore, photo by Charlie Grey

The new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, has just fully opened. It has had brilliant reviews in London, drawing high applause. It’s performances have been sold out with, this week, additional dates added to it’s run. These have now also sold out!

The script of the play, also just published, has already had unprecedented sales for a script book!

In addition we also have The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios in Orlando, Hollywood and Osaka, Japan, which entertain record crowds.

Not forgetting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London, The Making of Harry Potter. Having been on the sets while in production I can highly recommend a visit.

Fantastic Beasts theatrical release dates

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - Eddie Redmayne
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) ©2015 Warner Bros
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
  • Australia and New Zealand: November 17th 2016
  • US, Canada and UK: November 18th 2016

Fantastic Beasts 2 is planned for worldwide release two years later on November 16th 2018.