JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel now has a confirmed release date

Eddie Redmayne hasn't even had time to figure out where to find them yet

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Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them doesn’t open in UK cinemas until November, but we already know when its sequel will be released.

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Warner Brothers has confirmed that the second film in what’s expected to be a Fantastic Beasts trilogy will open in cinemas worldwide on 16th November 2018.

Rowling returns to pen the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts 2, which is billed as much darker than the upcoming first foray into the American wizarding world.

“The second Fantastic Beasts movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances,” the official synopsis reads.

And Harry Potter director David Yates will also be back to direct the film, which reunites producers David Heyman, JK Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen will serve as executive producers.

It’s an exciting time for Potter fans, who have seen the franchise explode into life once again with the debut of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child on the West End. 250,000 extra tickets for the stage production are set to be released at 11am on Thursday 4 August, taking its run right the way through to December 2017 at the very least.

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The Boy Who Lived is very much alive – and it looks like he will be for many years to come.