'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Gets Release Date

British actors, left to right, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, Trafalgar Square, in central London, for the World Premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" the last film in the series, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Harry Potter's saga is ending, but his magic spell remains. Thousands of fans from around the world massed in London Thursday for the premiere of the final film in the magical adventure series. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British actors, left to right, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, Trafalgar Square, in central London, for the World Premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" the last film in the series, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Harry Potter's saga is ending, but his magic spell remains. Thousands of fans from around the world massed in London Thursday for the premiere of the final film in the magical adventure series. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

It's time for Harry Potter fans to cue up their time turners. The "Harry Potter" spinoff trilogy, "Fantastic Beasts," has a release date for its first installment, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The film from Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling will be out Nov. 18, 2016, Variety reported.

The first of the three movies will be J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut and the author announced on her Facebook page that it will be set in a "the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years." That stated, "Fantastic Beasts" will not be a prequel nor a sequel to the "Harry Potter" series; instead, the new series will focus on Newt Scamander and will start in New York 70 years before Harry's story.

Rowling originally published the Fantastic Beasts Magizoology compendium in 2001 to raise money for Comic Relief. The film has not yet been cast.

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