It’s official: J.K. Rowling will keep making magic at the movie theater for years to come.
The Harry Potter author surprised fans around the world during a special event for the upcoming big screen adaptation of her novel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, on Thursday, by revealing that there are plans for four additional films in the series.
“We always knew it was going to be more than one movie,” she teased of penning more screenplays. “We’ve now — we can say — I’ve now done the plotting properly, so we’re pretty sure it’s gonna be five movies.”
The IMAX fan event found Rowling joining several of the film’s stars — including Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and director David Yates — in London, while Colin Farrell and Jon Voight participated live via a video stream from Los Angeles.
Of the upcoming first installment — which is based on Rowling’s 2001 companion book to the popular Potter fiction series — Yates teased the inclusion of beloved franchise characters Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.
“We can’t tell you too much, obviously,” he prefaced, saying only, “We do mention Dumbledore in this movie, and he kind of features a little bit in a scene between Colin [Farrell] and Eddie [Redmayne].”
Redmayne spoke of joining a series that has such dedicated fans, admitting that he feels “enormous pressure” to please Potterheads.
“We were all fans and we grew up watching these films,” he explained. “For me, getting to go and see a Potter film every couple years was like diving into that warm cozy place that made you feel happy about the world… It was — we had quite high expectations on ourselves, we didn’t want to screw it up.”
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As for what future films will bring, Yates shared only that Newt (Redmayne’s character) will be “in another big capital city.”
“It’s just as magical and just as marvelous as the first one,” he promised.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on Nov. 18.