‘Harry Potter’ Movie Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Gets a Release Date

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 14th, 2014 at 12:20 pm,

fantastic beasts movie release date Harry Potter Movie Spinoff Fantastic Beasts Gets a Release Date

Right now, it’s the Age of the Franchise in Hollywood – and in order to keep up with the competition (which is putting together shared movie universes of its own), you have to be willing to branch out, experiment, and explore new regions of the figurative sandbox that you’ve already built. Hence, Sony is making a Sinister Six spinoff of the Amazing Spider-Man movies; likewise, Lucasfilm will be releasing Star Wars character solo adventures alongside the upcoming main saga installments, while Paramount intends to usher in a new era of Terminator entertainment on both the big screen and small screen, beginning with a movie reboot in 2015.

Warner Bros., in the meantime, has Zack Snyder overseeing development on not just one, but two DC superhero crossover films – Batman vs. Superman and Justice League – which shall not only conclude the Superman movie trilogy that Snyder began with Man of Steel, but could also potentially give rise to spinoff vehicles for such Justice League members as Wonder Woman. That’s not the only world under construction at Warners right now; the studio is revisiting the world of Harry Potter on the big screen with a spinoff movie titled Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them – written by HP creator J.K. Rowling and planned as the beginning chapter in a new film trilogy.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book cover Harry Potter Movie Spinoff Fantastic Beasts Gets a Release Date

Fantastic Beasts has yet to officially get either a director or cast, though Warner Bros. has gone ahead and given it a November 18th, 2016 release date for its debut in U.S. theaters. Rowling previously turned the fictional Fantastic Beasts textbook – referenced in the Harry Potter series – into a real-life short children’s novel for charity. Since that book doesn’t have an actual plot, though, Rowling’s script will invent a narrative from scratch – with the only confirmed details so far being that the protagonist is Newt Scamander and his story (as the author put it) “will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

The month of November has long served the Harry Potter franchise well, with four of the previous eight installments having released that month to large opening weekends (starting with the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, back in 2001). Fellow best-selling young adult book series-turned blockbuster franchises Twilight and The Hunger Games have also done great business at the box office during that month, for various reasons (the Thanksgiving holiday boost, their broad appeal, etc.). Clearly, WB is hoping to follow suit with Fantastic Beasts, which also looks to cast a wide net, demographic-wise.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in U.S. theaters on November 18th, 2016.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. I must say that i am very curious to see how this film will turn out.A huge Harry Potter fan.

  2. Could be cool.

  3. When the Potter books first arrived on the scene I thought Rowling was just a Tolkien/Lewis wannabe.

    I was wrong. She really is one of the great writers. I look forward to seeing anything that she has penned being brought to screen.

    • Agreed. Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling are, for me, the most influential authors the modern fantasy literature has seen to this day.

      • Then you really should read more.

        • Would you elaborate? I’m not implying they are the best (I personally don’t like Lewis, to be honest), I just believe they have reinvented the genre (Tolkien) or changed the public interest in the it (Rowling), and so on.

          • I agree with you about Lewis his work is too allegorical for me. I would also recommend reading Frank Herbert’s Dune books.

  4. Fantastic Beats, and where to find them….. Hmm, a DJ movie!

  5. Hmmm smells of cashing in.

  6. It would be really cool if the first film starts in the future, showing Luna & Rolf telling the story to their sons, of their great-grandfather’s adventures, (like in The Hobbit) and we can have Evanna Lynch to be a connection to the HP movies, I would also like if some other cast members from those movies appear in the trilogy, in Past, (Present) or Future.