'Harry Potter' Spinoff to Become Trilogy of 'Megamovies'

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Lest there exist any doubt in your mind as to whether or not Warner Bros. intends to squeeze every last possible moviegoing dollar out of the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, allow us to disabuse you of said doubt: The studio is not only planning to turn J.K. Rowling's next Potter-affiliated adventure into a film, but they're banking on megamovies. Three of them, to be exact.

What that means, no one outside the Warners conference room is really sure just yet. Variety has the relevant quotes, which include one from author Rowling, who credits Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara with convincing her to return to the wizarding world. As she tells it: "We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!"

Billed not as prequels or sequels, but an "extension of the wizarding world," the Beasts franchise will take place roughly 70 years before the Potter stories. And where there's one good extension, you know there's always another. How long before Warners cuts a George Lucas-style deal with Rowling allowing for a whole new universe of Potter-inspired films?

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