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Beasts to be shot at Leavesden

Warner Bros has confirmed Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be shot at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden in the UK.

The film, inspired by JK Rowling's 2001 fictitious wizard textbook Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is used by pupils at Hogwarts, is set in New York, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced the film would be shot in the UK, at the home of the original Harry Potter films.

Fantastic Beasts is yet to officially get a director or cast but it has been given a release date for US cinemas of November 18, 2016.

Alfonso Cuaron , who previously directed the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, has denied rumours he will direct the project.

David Heyman, who produced all eight films in the Harry Potter franchise, will produce the new movie.

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

The author has said it would be "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world".

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

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