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Fantastic Beasts sequel finds fall 2018 release

20 years later, Rowling's still got some new stories up her sleeve

The second part in Harry Potter spinoff trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters on Nov. 16, 2018, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That’s just under two years to the day of the first film’s premiere; it’s in theaters this Nov. 18.

Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling will return to write the sequel to Fantastic Beasts, and director David Yates will again helm the feature. The pair collaborated on this fall’s film as well as the last four movies in the Harry Potter franchise.

Other details have yet to be revealed, although the second Fantastic Beasts movie will again focus on Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne. The Oscar-winner’s co-stars, like Ezra Miller and Katherine Waterson, are also likely to appear again.

This November’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on Rowling’s companion book from 2001 that’s set in the wizarding world. Scamander is credited as the author, and the film will expand upon how his best known work came to be. A new trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, showing Scamander’s attempt to keep his magic under wraps amidst muggles.

The sequel announcement is the latest news in a big week for Harry Potter fans. The so-called eighth book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is now in bookstores after launching in time for Harry’s birthday on July 31. Although Rowling didn’t write it, she supervised the book’s creation; it’s a bound version of the script for the stage play of the same name, which is now in production on London’s West End. The author later said that it tells the final chapter in the saga of the Boy Who Lived.

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