J.K. Rowling has exciting news for Harry Potter fans

Potterheads, unite

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Potterheads, unite

J.K. Rowling is renowned for her amazing Twitter account with strong political opinions and shady put downs in her back pocket, but her latest post has Potter fans giddy with joy. During a brief Twitter Q&A, a fan asked her about the status of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 and she confirmed that she had in fact finished the script.

The fan asked, ‘@jk_rowling have you already write the script of Fantastic Beasts 2? TELL ME EVERYTHING WOMAN’

J.K. Rowling responded in kind, ‘Yes, I have, but I CAN’T TELL YOU ANYTHING YET, WOMAN.’

The second instalment in the five-part Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series is slated to be released on November 16, 2018 and a majority of the main cast will be resuming their roles. Eddie Redmayne, who plays the lead Newt Scamander, will return with his case of magical animals alongside Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald, Ezra Miller and Zoe Kravitz to the wizarding world.

While producer David Heyman confirmed that unfortunately Colin Farrell won't return, we will be getting a young Dumbledore in the form of Jude Law (which we’re totally down for). According to Warner Bros., he will be ‘serving as [Hogwarts’] transfiguration professor’ and is a ‘contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald’.

Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship is a fraught one, as J.K. Rowling admitted in a press conference that the future headmaster’s love for the latter was his ‘great tragedy’, and it’ll be interesting to see how it translates on the big screen between Law and Depp.

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Another new arrival to the series is Callum Turner, who has also recently been confirmed as Theseus Scamander. The last name isn't a coincidence: he's Newt's older brother and a powerful British Auror.

The details of the new plot have been closely guarded, however Warner Bros has revealed that it will focus on ‘an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances’.

Here's hoping everyone makes it out unscathed - but knowing Rowling, there's at least one devastating death on the way.

Megan C. Hills

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