Aug 05, 2016

    Second film from Harry Potter spin-off to air in 2018


    THE second movie in the Harry Potter spin-off series Fantastic Beasts will be released in November 2018, Hollywood movie studio Warner Bros said on Wednesday, promising "much more on the horizon" from the boy-wizard franchise.

    British author J. K. Rowling will write the script for the second movie - as she did for the first one.

    David Yates - who directed the last four Potter films - will direct, Warner Bros said.

    The movie, yet to be titled, is part of a three-movie deal based on Rowling's book Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, a prequel to her best-selling Potter books.

    The first movie, starring Eddie Redmayne, will be released on Nov 18, 2016.

    Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist" who arrives in New York in 1926 with a case of magical creatures that escape and face threats from the non-magical humans in the city.

    In June, Yates said Rowling already had ideas for the third Fantastic Beasts film and he relished not having to adapt the new stories from books.

    He noted: "When we adapted the books, we'd always have to leave out things you hated leaving out because they didn't quite work in the structure of the storytelling for the movie."

    Pottermania returned in recent weeks with London stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, and publication of the play script in book form.

    American and British booksellers say the book is already the best-selling title in a decade.