JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter' spin-off enjoyed a bumper opening weekend after hitting cinemas on Friday (November 18).

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Warning: This article contains a significant spoiler which fans who haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will probably wish to avoid

David Heyman, the producer of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, has revealed that a scene deleted from the film’s final cut could have significantly changed its ending.

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off hit cinemas on Friday (November 18) after receiving a generally positive response from critics. It earned £15.3 million over its opening weekend in the UK and Ireland – the best opening weekend total of 2016 so far.

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Now Heyman has revealed that a deleted scene showed Ezra Miller’s character Credence Barebone actually surviving the film’s dramatic ending instead of being killed.

He told Cinema Blend: “We actually had a scene, which we cut, which was Credence going to a boat, to get on a boat somewhere else. But we cut that, because we didn’t want to have it be such an, ‘Ahhh, here we go.'”

Read more: Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them – the full NME review and verdict

Meanwhile, JK Rowling has taken to Twitter to offer a few hints as to events in future Fantastic Beasts films.

Rowling penned the script for the prequel movie, which is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins. The story focuses on Newt Scamander, the author of one of Harry’s Hogwarts text books, and his adventures in New York City. Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, heading up a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston and Samantha Morton.

The writer recently defended the decision to turn the Fantastic Beasts saga into five movies.

“I think, when you realise what story we’re really telling, you’ll understand that it can’t possibly fit in one movie,” Rowling said. Responding to another fan questioning whether the franchise will stop with five, she wrote: “There’s a natural arc to five. You’ll see.”