Release date: November 18, 2016
This release date is for the USA; no word yet on the Australian release date, but it will likely be the same.
What we know so far:
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is a trilogy of movies set in the Harry Potter universe, following the adventures of Newt Scamander in 1920s New York. True fans will recognise Fantastic Beasts as one of Harry’s textbooks from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In 2001, it became an actual, real book Muggles could buy, when J.K. Rowling penned and released it in aid of Comic Relief.
Rowling is also writing the screenplay for all three Fantastic Beasts movies, so this is as close to a new Harry Potter novel as we’re likely to get. David Yates (Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2) is directing.
Apart from a brief mention of the Salem Witches Institute in Goblet of Fire, this will be the first time we’ve seen the wizarding world extended across the pond – literally thousands of fan fictions notwithstanding, of course. Seeing as Newt Scamander made his name for writing about fantastic beasts, you have to wonder what sort he’ll find in New York. Three headed sewer rats? Mail carrying pigeons? Wait, WILL HE INVENT COCKROACH CLUSTERS?
Dear Merlin, I hope not.
While we know very, very little thus far, quite frankly J.K. Rowling could release a Harry Potter haiku and we’d still be like:
Rumours and theories:
- Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t ruled out appearing in the movie. “[Harry Potter] could return if time travel rears its head again. I’ll be intrigued to see what [J.K. Rowling] does.” – Metro.co.uk
Do you need to catch up?
Where to buy Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them online. Yes, it’s still possible.
The Hogwarts Library Boxed Set Including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from Booktopia
Essential reading for any Hogwarts student - er, Muggle fan - this boxed set contains Quidditch Through The Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. You'll also find additional notes from Professor Albus Dumbledore and illustrations from J.K. herself.View details
Can’t wait till November 18, 2016? Here’s what you need to get you through this difficult time.
ThinkGeek's Harry Potter section from ThinkGeek
Did you know that ThinkGeek has an entire section of its website dedicated to Harry Potter fan gear? Gryffindor robes, sorting hats, magic wands, and so much more are yours for the ordering. Say it with me now: "I solemnly swear I am up to no good".View details
Harry Potter's Wand with Ollivanders Box from ozgameshop.com
"The wand chooses the wizard, Mr Potter." Muggles, however, choose Harry's. It's an authentic replica measuring 14 inches, but sadly is not made of holly or comes with a Phoenix feather core.View details
Harry Potter Hardback Boxed Set: The Complete Collection from Booktopia
It's time to pass the magic on to the next generation. Give a child the gift of all seven Harry Potter novels and know you just changed their life forever.View details
Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection DVD Box Set from Booktopia
Every Harry Potter movie ever made, until 2016, of course. All in the one place. Seeing as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone came out in 2001, it might be time to revisit Hogwarts. And let's face it, your DVDs probably got scratched in that time from overuse.View details
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Game DS from ozgameshop.com
Play as Harry and other key characters as you find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, break into Gringotts Bank, and fight Voldemort and the Death Eaters at the Battle of Hogwarts.View details
Harry Potter - Hermione's Time Turner from ozgameshop.com
An authentic recreation of the time turner Harry and Hermione use to save Sirius Black in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Comes plated in 24 karat gold but unfortunately not with the ability to actually turn back time.View details