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SOPHIE BREDBERE

It’s been a while since we’ve had Harry Potter on our big screens, and rather exciting news has come from Warner Brothers’ recently. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been announced as a trilogy, and I for one am pretty excited about it.

From what the announcement said, the first film is set to be released in November 2016, followed on by the second and third films in 2018 and 2020 respectively.  They also announced that J.K. Rowling will be writing the screenplays for the films, and that alumnus David Yates – who directed the last four films in the original series – is set to direct the first of the three films.

The trilogy is being based off the small spin-off book written by J.K. Rowling of the same name. The book is one of Harry’s textbooks that he uses at Hogwarts, and contains information about some of the magical creatures that inhabit his world. It featured funny little annotations from Harry, Ron and Hermione with references to instances in the series and “better not tell Hagrid.”

The trilogy is being set in 1920s New York, and will be following Newt Scamander. He wrote the book in the Harry Potter universe, and I assume that the trilogy will be focusing on him finding the creatures, doing research and potentially meeting a lady called Porpentina – his wife in the Harry Potter canon.  Numerous candidates are already being suggested for the role across the internet, including Nicholas Hoult, Lee Pace, Ben Whishaw, Kit Harington, Aneurin Barnard and Tom Hiddleston.

Regardless of the casting, plotline and everything else in between, one thing is certain: the Potterheads will be out in their millions to see this. We are, after all, the Potter Generation.