Harry Potter spinoffs to begin making movie magic in 2016

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Dec 21, 2018, 7:11 PM EST (Updated)

When J.K. Rowling created her series of Harry Potter books, she didn't limit her writing to the boy who lived. She also wrote the fictional nonfiction book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001), which is about to be turned into an on-screen trilogy. And now we've just learned of the first film's release date.

We can expect Fantastic Beasts to be released in November 2016, two and a half years from now.

Rowling, who also wrote the nonfiction Quidditch Through the Ages (2001) and the fairytale collection The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008), made it clear that Harry won't be making a guest appearance. We will, however, be meeting the new main character, Newt Scamander, the "author" of the book on magizoololgy. 

As Rowling said in a press release last year

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a press release. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

According to the Harry Potter wiki, Newt learned a love of animals from his mother, who raised hippogriffs. The Hufflepuff later became the grandfather of Rolf, who eventually married Luna Lovegood. 

It seems like a stretch to create an entire trilogy based on a 42-page nonfiction book. That is, it would be hard for muggles. But we know very well that Rowling—and Universal Studios—are wizards at creating onscreen magic.