– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via Warner Bros.

Image via Warner Bros.

Given the mammoth success of both the Harry Potter books and the subsequent Harry Potter movies, it was a given that Warner Bros. would, at some point, try and get another franchise out of the property. They’d made billions on these movies, and with the end of the film run came the end of a reliable profit stream. In the age of franchises, we knew that WB wouldn’t be able to sit by and let such a cash cow die. But little did we know that they’d be able to not only lock down another franchise, but they’d also have J.K. Rowling provide the original screenplay for (at least) the first movie of what’s now being coined as a 5-movie franchise.

As a fan of Harry Potter, the setup couldn’t be more clear. I get it. This is an original story set in the Wizarding World in 1926 — nearly 70 years before the events of Harry Potter. The “source material” is that of a fake textbook that Harry uses in school, entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But don’t think this means the actual movie is based on that textbook (which was published in real life as small, 90-page booklet) that chronicles said “fantastic beasts.” No, this is a brand new story following the character who wrote that book.

Still confused? Let actor Ezra Miller take it from here — and his explanation is more than just a bit surprising:

I’ll admit, like many of you, I was a bit unsure when it was first announced that Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them would be the first of a 5-film series. Like many, images of The Hobbit — an over-extended exercise boredom — came to mind. Did we really need five films? Was there really enough story to warrant such a long-form narrative? A couple weeks back, author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to justify this development, stating:

“I think, when you realise what story we’re *really* telling, you’ll understand that it can’t possibly fit into one movie.”

There had been previous statements that the likes of Dumbledore and Grindelwald may be in the film, but after hearing Ezra Miller’s explanation, it now seems oh-so-clear that the film will be chronicling Grindelwald’s rise to power, and his conflict with Dumbledore. In a way, Fantastic Beasts will be an entry point film into a much larger narrative, and it’s also likely that our lead, Newt Scamander, will serve as the audience’s perspective into the story.

Count me thoroughly excited.

What do you think of this news? Does this make you feel better about re-visiting the Harry Potter world? Let us know in the comments down below!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.

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SOURCE: Warner Bros.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.