During an interview with “Variety,” J.K. Rowling discussed some of the plans for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the prequel series to the Harry Potter movies that will star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Other cast members will include Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Colin Farrell. Ron Perlman will play Gnarlack, a goblin gangster who runs a speakeasy.
For starters, there will be five movies, not three, and they will cover the years from 1926 to 1945. That means the series will cover World War II. More specifically, it will depict the final defeat of the evil Gellert Grindlewald, a spiritual ancestor of Voldemort, at the hands of a young Albus Dumbledore. Johnny Depp has signed on to play Grindelwald, while Dumbledore has not yet been cast. The young Dumbledore will definitely make his debut in the second movie, and he will meet Newt.
Some fans speculate that the series may also depict Voldemort’s childhood, for he was born in 1926 and attended Hogwarts during the war years.
David Yates, who had directed the last four movies of the Harry Potter series, directed the first movie in the Fantastic Beasts series. In an interview with THR, Yates announced that he will be directing all five movies. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the first movie and is currently writing the second screenplay.
The first movie will premiere on November 18, 2016. The second is expected to premiere in November 2018.