Release date: November 17, 2016
This is the Australian release date, one day before the release in the US (and one day after Belgium).
What we know so far:
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is a set of five 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 five 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 the whole series. The movies were originally announced as a trilogy, but later expanded to five parts.
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 (thousands of fan fiction works aside). 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
Harry Potter's Wand with Ollivanders Box
Harry Potter Hardback Boxed Set: The Complete Collection
Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection DVD Box Set
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Game DS
Harry Potter - Hermione's Time Turner