It might be the first spin-off from one of Hollywood’s most successful franchises – and set in a magical version of 1920s New York – but JK Rowling’s new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is staying pretty close to home.
The new movie, which is based on Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and follows the adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander, will be filmed right here in the UK at Warner Bros Leavesden studios, where all eight of the Harry Potter movies where also made.
Leavesden can be found a little north of London, near Watford. And it’s also the home of The Making of Harry Potter studio tour.
The announcement was made by the culture secretary, Sajid Javid, at an industry event in London.
Fantastic Beasts, which Rowling called “neither a prequel nor a sequel” to the original series, is the author’s first screenwriting project. The director and cast are yet to be announced.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is expected to be in cinemas 18 November 2016.
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