Harry Potter Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ to Hit Theaters Nov. 18, 2016

'Fantastic Beasts' Release Date: Harry Potter

Warner Bros. has dated J.K. Rowling’s first installment in the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for Nov. 18, 2016.

“Fantastic Beasts” becomes the first title to land on the date — five days before Disney opens an untitled animated film.

The studio has not yet set a producer, director or actors on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which was first announced in September.

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Warner Bros. topper Kevin Tsujihara then revealed in March that the studio was following in the footsteps of “The Hobbit” franchise with three “megamovies” for “Fantastic Beasts.”

Tsujihara persuaded Rowling last year to spin off the Harry Potter franchise by adapting her Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the big screen. Rowling wrote the 54-page book in 2001 between publication of the fourth and fifth Potter books.

Set initially in New York about seven decades before the start of the Harry Potter story, the films will follow “magizoologist” Newt Scamander as an extension of the wizarding world — rather than being prequels or sequels.

The Warner Bros.-Rowling partnership on “Fantastic Beasts” had been jointly announced in September with Rowling adapting the script from the 2001 book, ostensibly written by the fictional Newt Scamander.

Tsujihara had said at that point that “Fantastic Beasts” would resemble the eight Harry Potter movies in response to a question of whether the films would re-use the same sets, currently housed at Warner’s Leavesden Studios in London.

Tsujihara indicated “Fantastic Beasts” would become a part of studio’s massive merchandising efforts and part of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme parks. And he indicated the project reflects the studio’s commitment to projects with high-profile talent.

“The life-blood of the studio is the content,” Tsujihara said at the time. “We’ve had a long, long relationship with Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson, Chris Nolan, Todd Phillips, Zack Snyder, and you want to make sure you can create a culture where they want to work.”

The eight Harry Potter films grossed $7.7 billion worldwide between 2001 and 2011. Four of the eight opened in mid-November.



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  1. jim says:

    please make a better movie about a diffrent story but not this…..

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  4. Kelly says:

    A 54 PAGE BOOK needs THREE MOVIES???

    • The article is not that clear, but the 54 page book it’s talking about was a humorous pretend hogwarts textbook. It was one of two books mentioned in the Harry Potter series (as in books Harry had in the books), that Rowling wrote little paperback fun versions of for charity. The movie series is not that fictional textbook made into a movie; that would be super boring because it’s literally just the name of a magical creature and a couple paragraphs about them.The movie series is going to be about the wizard who supposedly researched and wrote those books inside of the Harry Potter world.

      In other words, it’s a whole new story inside of the Harry Potter universe that follows a historical figure who’s only relation to Harry is that Harry used his book as a textbook at hogwarts.

      The guy that the movies will follow is a guy who researched magical creatures like unicorns, dragons, etc and wrote a book about them. So it’s probably going to be this long adventure where this guy is discovering (and running away from) magical creatures, and the story of his life.

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  6. Morgiana Halley says:

    The students at the New England School of Communications have (with official permission) made a short film based on one of the the Tales of Beedle the Bard, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” It can be found online.

  7. Not that I do not like two of the books being used for these three movies. I like them and have copies of both to go with my “Harry Potter” books. But I am wondering how they are going to get full movies out of two very short books?

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Quiditch Through The Ages” are very short books and one can read them in a couple of hours. As I recall, these books were meant to be used as a fundraiser of some kind.

    The other one of the three that is actually long enough to make a movie out of without needing to expand it is titled “Beetle The Bard” and is a collection of stories (“Muggle Tales” for Wizarding children whereas “Fairy Tales” are for “Muggle” children.) that looks like (I do not have this one.) a rather good book and I would love to read it.

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  9. Yoshino says:

    Read “Newt Scamander”

    Then immediately went like “Luna’s Husband?”

  10. “Tsujihara indicated “Fantastic Beasts” would become a part of studio’s massive merchandising efforts and part of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme parks. And he indicated the project reflects the studio’s commitment to projects with high-profile talent.”

    …i’m sorry but this couldn’t sound like more of a sell out project if it tried.

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  12. Dave McNary says:

    Sorry for the mistake on the date for “Mockingjay Part 2”

  13. J M S says:

    Way to do you research. High quality reporting here. “Oh sh!t, let’s break the story of the Harry Potter spinoff release date first!” “Shouldn’t we fact check the additional information we put in the story?” “Ha, no, because FIRST!!!!”

  14. weijr says:

    mockingjay is november 2015

    so is fb also in november 2015 or 2016??

  15. Jackie Long says:

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m fairly sure Mockingjay Part 2 opens on November 20, 2015, not 2016. So Fantastic Beats would open a year later, not on the same weekend.

  16. Caitlin Demmett says:

    I thought Mockingjay part 2 is being released in November 2015?

  17. joeyz95 says:

    Mockingjay: Part 2 is releasing in 2015, I thought?

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