Harry Potter spinoff hits theaters Nov. 2016, but what about the games?

Warner Bros. announces premiere date for first installment in trilogy, but there's no word about when we'll see the tie-in games.

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.

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30 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

So you are writing for the 5 people who may actually care if there's anymore Harry Potter games. Harry f'n Potter for Christ sakes. We are not 12 years old here.

dipdish
dipdish

I love Harry Potter. I used to play HP games on my PC when I was in elementary school. 

theGirlyGamer
theGirlyGamer

I don't know if I would get the games or not. I loved the Harry Potter games when I was younger (especially Quidditch), but being a student at Hogwarts was the real allure of them for me. Since this has nothing to do with Hogwarts, I doubt the games would interest me much. Can't wait to see the movies though!

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

Cue the Harry-Potter-themed Monster Hunter. :|

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

If JK Rowling was planning on writing again I wouldn't mind seeing her writing about Tom Riddle's past more before he became Lord Voldermort

tom2750
tom2750

i hope JK rowling does another 7 or so harry potter books (not just books set in the same universe but actual harry potter books) and they all get made into movies i don't know if harry potter is considered kids movies/books or whether heaps of adults like them to but for some reason i absolutely love the movies and i read the first book which i also loved (not much of a reader might start reading more tho) just like i love lord of the rings and the hobbit i hope they make more series like HP and LOTR

endorbr
endorbr

I didn't read the spinoff book and I don't even care to see the films... why would I want to play games about this?  Yet another Hollywood cash grab turning something into a trilogy.  Can't think of a Harry Potter game beside LEGO Harry Potter that was even worth playing anyway.

observer98
observer98

There are no games and yet I'm reading this on a gaming site?

Solace427
Solace427

Wait games? People actually care about the movies let alone games of them?! I thought the age of HP dulled down to the die hard fans only already?

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

ok when you read this: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as:

Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them, you know something is odd :)

Trev9421
Trev9421

Personally, The Harry Potter series could have made some great games, but they never did. The only game I remember enjoying was a GBA Sorcerors Stone game. The one that was RPG like.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Lol, another trilogy? Everything seems to be trilogies nowadays and perhaps making the third one into two movies. I seem to be one of the few that likes the hobbit movies and don't think they're artificially stretched out, but making this into a trilogy sounds like stretching it. Although, I haven't read the book or source this is based on. I haven't read the Hobbit book either, but I have watched the wonderful 70s cartoon version.

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

Hogwarts Online: Return of Snake Face Dude



vadagar1
vadagar1

pffffff  good god when will this nightmare just end

nparks
nparks

So, GameSpot is now posting gaming news informing us all literally that there is no gaming news to report?

playstationzone
playstationzone

EA Games still own the rights to the games so really it wont sell unless make it into the lego game.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

@benleslie5  Yeah, that would be good. In Hogwarts. Harry Potter movies, books, etc. without Hogwarts is just not Harry Potter.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@Hurvl  They're not stretching out anything, this is based off of the franchise lore, it hasn't necessarily been written in the first place, and there are millions and millions of people that would love to see the HP world again.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@Hurvl trying to fit a whole book into 100 minute movie would be total disaster. Even with The Hobbit (2 out of 3 movies) i feel like it progresses too fast, there is no adventure, no long road to travel, one action scene after another. With LOTR they done better job, because it focuses on multiple characters with multiple paths, while we watch scenes with one (or few) characters it creates feeling like at the same time other characters are traveling, so when it switches back to these characters it feels like they have gone long road. Where i'm going with this - cutting piecies of story out of book just to fit it into movie ruins whole experience of great story.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@playstationzone they don't own any rights, Warner Bros. owns all the rights

dipdish
dipdish

@RC-Sev @benleslie5  I'm not so pessimistic about the new series. I'm in love with Hogwarts, but I won't say no to a new HP related film/book/game without Hogwarts. 

Solace427
Solace427

@hoyholyhoy @Solace427  Or I simply moved on from the HP universe and am personally a bit surprised by the still strong interest? Mind you I was 8 at most when the first book came out so 17 years later after books, films, and games, it comes off as now being overstretched.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@Saidrex  Erm, ever heard of Harry Potter? One movie for every book lol. And there are plenty of other successful examples, its practically the norm.

P.S. This is not a "story" book as such, more of an encyclopedia of fictional creatures.

dipdish
dipdish

@Solace427 @hoyholyhoy  It's not about age. If that was the case, the series would not make those dollars making the author one of the richest people alive. Everybody read and watched HP. The last time I was in the theater there were more adults watching HP than kids.