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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will continue through five films

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Harry Potter fans have at least four new films to look forward to after they see ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ later next month. Warner Bros. held a special fan-event earlier today where the cast and crew of the upcoming film got together with fans and discussed all things magical. You can actually watch some of the fan-event that was live-streamed on YouTube earlier today, in the video below.

At the event was author J.K. Rowling, who officially confirmed that Warner Bros. Pictures will create a new franchise for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ expanding the story into five full-length features. Just after the announcement, the official Twitter account for Fantastic Beasts tweeted, “.@jk_rowling has just confirmed the magic continues in a total of FIVE MOVIES! We can’t wait! #FantasticBeasts”

It was already confirmed that Warner Bros. was making a sequel to soon-to-be-released Harry Potter spinoff, but now we know the studio has had much bigger plans in mind. We also know that David Yates is directing the sequel, and that Rowling herself will write the script. A third movie to complete the story was expected, assuming everything went according to plan at the box-office, but Warner Bros. seems confident that the new cast can propel the Fantastic Beasts franchise to new heights.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlak; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina Picquery; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.

The film reunited a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. The executive producers are Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat. You can watch moments from the Warner Bros. fan event that took place earlier today below, thanks to a live-stream from the studio.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates Film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film will open worldwide on November 18, 2016, in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.