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Thursday 2 October 2014

Fantastic Beasts gets release date

JK Rowling's first Harry Potter spin-off movie will be released in November 2016

JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them has been given a release date.

The film, inspired by JK's 2001 fictitious wizard textbook Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is used by pupils at Hogwarts, is yet to officially get a director or cast.

But Warner Bros has announced it will be released in US cinemas on November 18, 2016.

Rowling is writing the screenplay about magizoologist Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the textbook, and the film will be set before the adventures of boy wizard Harry and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, played by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the franchise.

Rowling announced on Facebook: "Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway."

She explained it would be "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world".

Warner Bros recently revealed there will be three "megamovies" about Newt.

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