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Second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie coming in Nov 2018, studio says

The second movie in the Harry Potter spin-off series “Fantastic Beasts” will be released in November 2018, Hollywood movie studio Warner Bros said on Wednesday, promising “much more on the horizon” from the boy-wizard franchise.

British author J.K. Rowling will write the script for the second movie as she did for the first and David Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” films, will direct, Warner Bros said in a statement.

The movie, yet to be titled, is part of a three-movie deal based on Rowling’s book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a prequel to her best-selling “Harry Potter” books. The first movie, starring Eddie Redmayne, will be released on Nov. 18, 2016.

Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a ‘magizoologist’ who arrives in New York in 1926 with a case of magical creatures that escape, wreak havoc and face threats from the non-magical humans in the city.

Ahead of San Diego’s Comic-Con event last month, Yates teased that a familiar character from the “Harry Potter” stories will return in “Fantastic Beasts.” (Reuters)