Harry Potter film spin-off will be a trilogy

fanbeastsCan you stretch 54 pages into three movies?  JK Rowling says you can.

The Harry Potter author announced that she’s working with Warner Bros. to take her 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and turn it into a trilogy:

There would be a trilogy of films based on the book, which follows a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander.

Scamander is the author of a guide to magical creatures. Set in New York, the book is neither a sequel nor a prequel, but an “extension” of Harry Potter’s “wizarding world”, Rowling said.

The project, which was first announced in September 2013, will be produced by Harry Potter regular David Heyman, whose recent successes include Gravity.

“I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it,” said Rowling when the film was announced last year.

The book was written by Rowling between the publication of the fourth and the fifth books in the Harry Potter series. It is set 70 years before we first meet Harry.

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