“Fantastic Beasts” Timeline & Director Set

As we know, next week’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” is set in the year 1926 and the film is the first of a five-film series that will be told over the next few years.

What’s not been so clear is the timeline for the films and where the subsequent sequels will go. Today, there’s two brief updates on that front. First up, director David Yates has told THR that he has committed to helm Warner Bros. entire prequel series. Yates has helmed every ‘Potter’ film since the fifth.

The second update is that author J.K. Rowling has effectively indicated exactly what the rest of the films will cover when she was asked by Variety why the planned trilogy was changed into five films:

“Originally, to tell you the truth, we said a trilogy as a placeholder. We wanted to be honest with people that it was going to be one movie, but we were feeling our way. And then there came a point in the drafting of the story where I said to David, ‘This feels like five movies.’ And I’m feeling pretty certain about that. It’s ambitious to tell it in five because we’re spanning 19 years. But I can see an arc. So, that’s how it happened, it came out of the material.”

Rowling states that extremely specific number which indicates the final film takes place in 1945. That’s a big year in Potter-lore, the one in which Albus Dumbledore takes down dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

This would lend credence to suggestions the films are going to build toward Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s duel. The first film will center on Magizoologist Newt Scamander, but Grindelwald and Dumbledore are referenced in the trailers, and are expected to play major parts in the first sequel.

Johnny Depp is playing Grindlewald, and while Dumbledore hasn’t been cast Rowling reportedly has someone in mind to play the role. “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” arrives in cinemas November 18th.