'Harry Potter' spin off was originally set to be a trilogy

JK Rowling has revealed that her forthcoming Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be made up of five films.

The franchise is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins.

It 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, Ezra Miller and Samantha Morton.  

Rowling – who initially wrote Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them as a supplementary manual to accompany her Harry Potter franchise – was a surprise guest during a Facebook fan event streamed globally tonight (October 13), which you can watch below. The host of the London event asked Rowling what would come next for Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, the Magizoologist at the centre of the story. 

“We were doing some script sessions the other day, and I can tell you that we always knew it was going to be more than one movie,” she teased. “We said a trilogy as a kind of placeholder, but I’ve now done the plotting properly and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”

Originally, Rowling revealed in March that Fantastic Beasts will actually be the first in a trilogy of films.

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David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, has returned to direct Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The film hits cinemas on November 18.