Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts for 2016 cinema release

J.K. Rowling's new film, based on the adventures of Newt Scamander, will hit cinemas in eighteen months

We might not have a cast or a director yet, but JK Rowling’s new film set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter will be in cinemas by the end of 2016. 


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is based on Rowling’s book of the same name, will be released by Warner Bros on 18 November 2016. 

JK Rowling is writing the screenplay for the new film, following the adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander.

The spin-off, which is set before the Boy Who Lived lived, is inspired by Harry’s Hogwarts textbook. Rowling has confirmed that the project is “neither a prequel nor a sequel” to the Harry Potter series and it isn’t expected to star any familiar faces from the hugely successful films. 

“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway,” said Rowling when the project was announced last year

The upcoming movie might be the first in a franchise. Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara told The New York Times earlier this year that the plan was to follow in the footsteps of the successful Potter franchise and make three “megamovies”