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Hold your hippogriffs! 'Fantastic Beasts' is going to be a FIVE-movie franchise

Ellie Walker-Arnott

JK Rowling was a surprise guest at last night's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' Q&A in Leicester Square. The 'Harry Potter' author arrived on stage – joining cast members Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudol, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler – to screams from the crowd and used the opportunity to share some seriously exciting news. News that means we are going to writing about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for years and years to come.

'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' isn't the first movie in a trilogy. It's actually the first of FIVE movies. 

'I learned how to write a script while writing a Hollywood movie. I wouldn't recommend that as a way to learn! It's quite stressful but it's been an amazing experience. I've really loved it,' Rowling told the assembled crowd. 'Hence me writing another one and another one and another one...'

'We were doing some script sessions the other day,' she continued, adding: 'We always knew it was going to be more than one movie. We knew that from the start. We said a trilogy as a kind of placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie. But we've now, I think we can say... I've now done the plotting properly so we're pretty sure it's going to be five movies.'

We're not yanking your wand. FIVE MOVIES. 

The magical news came as a surprise to the cast as well. Let's hope Redmayne didn't have any other plans in the pipeline...   

'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' will be in cinemas November 18. 

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