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Fans of the Harry Potter-verse are no doubt pleased to know that the wizardly adventures did not end with the conclusion of the last film. Though Mr. Potter himself will not be back, other spell-slinging heroes and villains shall be appearing in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Now, we get a little more info on how the project is going with a picture showing a little bit of the creature design and a report on some of the studio details. Scroll on, Potter fans, to get the latest.

First up is a picture coming out of the new Diagon Alley feature of the Wizardling World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. Though these are not the actual beasts to be used in the film (duh), it does give us a little bit of an idea of what we might see coming to life on the big screen.

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In case you’re unfamiliar with what these critters might be, they are, from left to right, a demiguise, a griffin, a kneazle and a graphorn. Being one that has yet to read the book version of Magical Beasts, I can’t say I know a damn about any of them aside from the griffin. Luckily, someone else (Film Divider) has done the bookwork for us:

The Demiguise is found in the Far East, though only with great difficulty, for this beast is able to make itself invisible when threatened and can be seen only by wizards skilled in its capture.

Like sphinxes, griffins are often employed by wizards to guard treasure. Though griffins are fierce, a handful of skilled wizards have been known to befriend one.

The Kneazle has an uncanny ability to detect unsavoury or suspicious characters and can be relied upon to guide its owner safely home if they are lost.

Mountain trolls can occasionally be seen mounted on Graphorns, though the latter do not seem to take kindly to attempts to tame them and it is more common to see a troll covered in Graphorn scars.

Though we can expect quite a few more “magical beasts” than just what’s pictured above, these are a few examples of some creatures that have yet to make their way into the visual medium of the Harry Potter universe. Also, they’ll probably be a bit more intimidating once they’re moving about and being all beasty-like.

The other bit of news has to do with the future of the Harry Potter franchise in general. Apparently, the folks at Warner Bros. have been putting together an awful lot of studio space over in London. Plenty more than they need for Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, in fact. The word on the street (aka the Internet) is that this movie may extend into a trilogy and that WB is planning to keep pushing forward in the HP universe. So we may see quite a few new movies coming out in the years to come. Whether or not any of them will feature some of the original cast members or not remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a few cameos or even a major role pop up at some time. The money-making potential of this franchise is off the charts, so WB is not likely to back down unless J.K. Rowling herself steps up and starts death cursing them. And, of course, there are a ton of fans out there (myself included) that would love to see the universe keep going, even if it heads off in a completely different direction.

What say the Nerd Readers? Would you be down with a huge pile of Harry Potter movies coming out if they had nothing to do with the titular character? Or should we just be thankful for what we have and move on to the next big franchise?


Source: USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter

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