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J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts film to be trilogy

Categories: Books, Movies

Soaring dragons, giant three-headed dogs, talking spiders: the fantastic beasts of Harry Potter's world are apparently headed back to a screen near you.

Warner Bros. first revealed last fall that Potter creator J.K. Rowling was penning a screenplay adaptation to her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — a real-life, for-charity version of the Hogwart's textbook she wrote about in her blockbuster novel series.

The story — described as an "extension" of the Potterverse rather than a direct spinoff — is slated to focus on the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara has since revealed that the project will be a film trilogy following the "magizoologist" Scamander and will be produced by David Heyman, who helped steer all the Harry Potter movies.

The revelation follows the de rigueur notion that all YA-inspired movie adaptations must come in threes and the belief that pop culture fans can't get enough of producers milking these make-believe worlds — whether it's the planned spinoff stories set in a galaxy far, far away, the everyday heroes of TV's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or the darkly comedic prequel series to focus on Breaking Bad character Saul.

What do you think? If you're a fan of a particular series or franchise, what is your typical reaction to side projects set in the same fictional world?

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