JK Rowling Confirms that the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film Arc will be Five Movies

Looks like the Harry Potter franchise isn’t going anywhere.

Though the stories featuring the titular orphan under the stairs have come to a close (though who knows how long  the Cursed Child stage production will run)  the upcoming franchise is just beginning.

JK Rowling announced today at a live event that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise will be five movies long.

Yep, that’s right, five.

Considering the original plan for the series was for it to be just a trilogy, this is surprising news.

JK did confirm that she is sticking to five films only, via her twitter account.

She also confirmed these films will all be prequels to Harry’s story. During this event, in which fans were treated to the first ten minutes of the film, Deadline said that:

“In addition, director David Yates, beamed into via satellite to the TCL Chinese Theatre from London with Rowling and Harry Potter film series producer David Heyman, also teased that the second movie in the follow-up series will be set in another global capital city — though he wouldn’t say which one. Another tease: he said the first Fantastic Beasts will feature a cameo by a young Albus Dumbledore as well as another character from the original Harry Potter movies, Gellert Grindelwald. A dangerous wizard whose friendship and later enmity with Dumbledore plays a large role in the parent series’ backstory, Grindelwald was also tied to the final Harry Potter book’s magical Macguffins the Deathly Hallows and to the eventual fate of Lord Voldemort.”

 

While most fans are extremely overjoyed with the news, some, like myself are questioning the reason why she decided to turn the franchise into five movies. Surely one is sufficient enough? Do we really need to turn this into the next Marvel/DC hell hole where there’s a new mediocre movie everywhere we turn? Isn’t the film industry already plagued with sequels and franchise reboots?

Why not just turn them into books and garner the want for a film from the reactions of the fans? If money is your motivation, people will buy the shit out of the books, trust me. I mean, did you see the Cursed Child sales? And that story fucking sucked.

Let’s hope these films turn out better than expected, because who doesn’t want to fall in love with the Harry Potter franchise all over again?

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