Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may have just hit cinemas worldwide, but Potter fans everywhere are looking ahead to what could be in store for the next four films in the saga.
The good news is J.K. Rowling just let us in on how many years the series is set to span in the wizarding world, and this new tidbit of information gives us tons to go off of when it comes to theorizing what we might see go down before Fantastic Beasts comes to a close!
The Harry Potter author took to Twitter to shortly after Fantastic Beasts’ theatrical release and revealed that Newt’s journey is set to span 19 years over the course of the five films.
“Our story starts in 1926 and ends in 1945. It’s just too big to fit in one movie,” wrote Rowling when one fan asked why they decided to expand the series from three movies to five movies.
The year 1945 is especially interesting given what we know of the film’s main villain, Gellert Grindelwald.
As Potter fans will remember from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Grildelwald doesn’t meet his demise until Voldemort comes to Nurmengard prison to seek the Elder Wand.
When Grindelwald informs the Dark Lord that he’ll never command the infamous wand, Voldemort kills Grindelwald before continuing on his quest to command the most sinister of the deathly hallows.
Prior to his imprisonment in Nurmengard, however, we also know that Grindelwald was eventually defeated after an epic showdown against Albus Dumbledore himself. According to what we know of the Harry Potter timeline, that famous battle happens to occur in 1945. It’s because of this legendary battle that Dumbledore ends up in possession of the Elder Wand, which in turn, eventually plays a huge role in Harry’s own story.
With all this in mind, it definitely looks as though Rowling is gearing up to cap things off with the epic showdown between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, but we’re definitely looking forward to seeing how Newt himself factors into everything as the series progresses!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters now.