David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series, recently spoke to Collider about the future of films set in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Heyman told reporters that fans of the Wizarding World can expect a total of five films in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. While the franchise was originally intended to only run for three films, Heyman credits the brilliant imagination and storytelling skills of J.K. Rowling for spawning an additional two films. Heyman tells the entertainment news magazine that when Rowling started writing the first Fantastic Beasts film, she realized that she wanted to tell a much larger story than her original intention. As Rowling delved deeper and deeper into the characters, she realized that the Fantastic Beasts series would have to be comprised of five films.
Most Potterheads understand the frustration Rowling feels in trying to contain her story to a limited film series. Originally released in 2001, the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a companion book to the Harry Potter series. The 128-page edition served as a guidebook for fans of the series, based off a textbook on magical creatures that is required reading for students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While the first film in the Fantastic Beasts series explored many magical creatures and featured the fictional author of Newt Scamander as the protagonist, it also introduced the story of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald to the franchise. While spoken about in the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts is the first in-depth look at the life of Grindelwald.
The Grindelwald story makes for a larger plot for Rowling to explore. As it took two films to reveal Grindelwald’s plan of wresting control of the world from muggles, it stands to reason that Rowling will need many more films to explore how other wizards will eventually confront and stop the dark wizard. Additionally, the second film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, introduced the character of Nagini to the series. As fans of the franchise know, Nagini was Voldemort’s snake in the Harry Potter series, yet she appears as a human in Crimes of Grindelwald. Presumably, future films in the franchise will show Nagini’s transformation into the villain from the original series.
The next film in the Fantastic Beasts series is set to premiere on November 20, 2020.