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There are only a few days left before Newt Scamander unleashes his suitcase of magical critters on New York City. #FantasticBeasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters this Friday, November 18, as the first of a five part series, scripted by #JKRowling herself. But just how long is the newest adventure in the Wizarding World going to last? According to Rowling's latest interview, 19 years.

Hear her explain it herself in the interview clip below:

She said:

"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 more than one movie, but we were feeling our way. Then, there came a point in the drafting of our story where I said to David [Yates], 'You know, this feels like five movies,' and I think I’m pretty certain about that. It’s pretty ambitious to tell it in five to be honest because we’re spanning 19 years, but I can see an arc to five — so that’s how it happened."

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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19 years is something of a magic number for Rowling; the epilogue of the Deathly Hallows took place 19 years after the end of the story, as did the start of The Cursed Child. But what is the significance of the number in regard to Fantastic Beasts?

Since the first installment takes place in 1926, this means that the saga will conclude in 1945, at the end of World War II. That's the year in which the epic battle takes place between young Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald — which will likely be the pinnacle moment of the series.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

If this is the big finale toward which Rowling is working, it means that Dumbledore's role in the series might be even more central than we thought. Rowling has already stated that we will gain an even greater understanding of the character over the course of the Fantastic Beasts movies:

"You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man. We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space."

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Rowling intends to draft each of the screenplays herself, and is already finishing up the second. Director David Yates, who is already in preproduction for #FantasticBeasts2, described that script to The Hollywood Reporter and insists that the newer story will be Rowling like we've never seen her before:

"[It] feels so different from this [first film]. Much more haunting, like a dream. What she’s doing is really interesting; she’s not repeating herself."

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[Sources: THR]

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them below.