Warner Bros. has announced (via Variety) that the first of three movies in the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will hit theaters on November 18, 2016.
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling makes her screenwriting debut for the film, adapting Newt Scamander's fictional Hogwarts textbook of the same name for the movie. The book chronicles efforts made in the field of "Magizoology," that is, the study of magical creatures.
The film version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was announced in September 2013. Starting in New York 70 years before Harry Potter's story begins, it is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but rather an extension to the beloved magical world.
There's no word yet on a director or cast for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
When the movie was announced in September, Warner Bros. also said that it would spin the movies into video games. However, no mention was made of these video game tie-ins in this week's announcement. We're following up with Warner Bros. for more information.
Video games based on the popular Harry Potter films were developed and published by Electronic Arts. It is unclear if Warner Bros. will develop the new Fantastic Beasts games internally through its Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment label or license them out.
The most recent Harry Potter game was 2012's Kinect-required Harry Potter for Kinect.