During a special fan event for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling insinuated about what the future of the franchise might turn out to be: she’s planning a total of five films, rather than three.
Rowling revealed the news at the end of the event (50:46 mark):
“We always knew that it was going to be more than one movie — we knew that from the start — so we set a trilogy as a sort of placeholder, because we knew there would be more than one movie. But we’ve now, I’ve now done the plotting properly, so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”
The Harry Potter spinoff series was always reported to be a trilogy. Its first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, releases next month, but the this sudden reveal shows Rowling and Warner Bros.’ confidence in the strength of more stories set in Rowling’s fantasy world.
Rowling took to Twitter to state that she doesn’t mean that the series will have five installments with possibility of more, but that the franchise will have exactly 5 movies. She then also revealed with another tweet that she had almost finished writing the script for the second installment. Rowling also revealed that other details pertaining to the series might be revealed in the upcoming movies: she says upcoming installments will discuss about Harry Potter series stalwart Albus Dumbledore and his nemesis Gellert Grindelwald, who only had a minor insignificant part in the books.
The news was met with excitement mostly, with fans delighted at the prospect of the expansion of the franchise. However, the news also met with criticism since people believe that the franchise is being stretched for maximum profit which would leave a scarred reputation to the beloved Harry Potter series. Undoubtedly the response to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will likely be watched closely by Warner Bros. and fans alike, to see how well the reviews and box office hold up against the earlier films. What do you make of this development? Are you excited with the recent reveal? Or do you fear that the expansion will be a major fail? Share your views and opinions by commenting in the comments section below.