Harry Potter fans will be thrilled to find out that Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them already has a sequel in the works, despite the first film not being released for another three months.
Producers have confirmed that there are plans to make a sequel, and that the director of the final four Harry Potter films and the first Fantastic Beasts film, David Yates, is already on board for the second instalment.
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Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander
Fans of JK Rowling's magical universe have taken to Twitter to express their delight in the news, with one writing: "Finding out a Part two of #FantasticBeasts is in the works. So happy!! And I haven't even seen the first one yet," while another suggested that a movie-adaptation of the new stage show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child could also potentially be in the works, saying: "David Yates is returning for Fantastic Beasts 2. My gut is telling me he's gonna stick around to make Cursed Child as well."
David has hinted that the Fantastic Beasts films, which star Eddie Redmayne as the lead character Newt Scamander, may link closer to the Harry Potter tales than originally thought. During the San Diego Comic-Con, he said: "There is a mention of some characters that we know and love from previous movies, but we only talk about them fleetingly. In the next movie, part two, we'll get to meet one of them in a significant way. He's much younger than he used to be, but he'll be coming back."
He also told EW about their plans for the next film, saying: "We've seen the script for Part 2, for the second movie, which takes the story in a whole new direction – as you should, you don’t want to repeat yourself.
The first film will be set in New York City in the 1920s
"The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further. It's a very interesting development from where we start out. The work is pouring out of her."
A brief synopsis for the second film has already been released, which reads: "The second Fantastic Beasts movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances."