As all of us that have been stuck in the wizarding world since the 2011 release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" can attest, the announcement that a "Fantastic Beasts" screenplay was being penned by JK Rowling herself in 2013 was almost too much to handle. Indeed, I was ecstatic for days. It field a whole new phase of Harry Potter references and fanaticism, as well as the purchase of a second wand (Hermione's) and a full death eater costume for 70% off.
As Rowling finished the script and casting was getting underway, theories about who would play the hero, Newt Scamander, flooded the internet. Everyone from Colin Morgan from "Merlin" to Freddie Highmore from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was in play. I even saw an article arguing for Ryan Gosling (thank the stars that didn't happen).
The already infamous role ended up going to Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne (Marius Pontmercy). He was very appropriately sorted into Hufflepuff; which is my house and the house of Newt Scamander.
Over the next few months, pottermore.com began to release a myriad of interviews and photos as well as the first trailer for the film just days before its silver screen debut before "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
I don't know about you, but that trailer gave me chills of ecstasy when I saw it on pottermore, before "Star Wars", and every time I watch it on youtube.
Although it was reported in March of 2014 by The New York Times that Fantastic Beasts would most likely be a trilogy, it was not confirmed until yesterday. JK Rowling herself confirmed the news on her twitter account, along with another affirmation that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is indeed a play.
"You heard wrong, I'm afraid. #CursedChild is a play. #FantasticBeasts will be 3 movies, though!"
I don't know about you, but the fact that there will be five more additions to JK Rowling's world makes me excited!