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'Fantastic Beasts' franchise grows to 5 films

Associated Press Published: October 15, 2016 4:00 AM
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J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" isn't going to be a trilogy, it's going to be a pentalogy. At a fan event for the upcoming film in London on Thursday, the author revealed that the budding franchise will now stretch to five films. The first opens Nov. 18. The announcement, which Warner Bros. confirmed, immediately fueled conjecture that the "Harry Potter" prequel, set decades before Potter's birth, could lead right up to the young wizard. The second "Fantastic Beasts" is already in pre-production, and due in theaters November 2018. The film stars, from left, Katherine Waterston, Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudol and Dan Folger.

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