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'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' gets 2016 release date

The world of Harry Potter will be returning to movie theaters everywhere in the near future. On May 13 posted the news that one of the textbooks from the Harry Potter series, called "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," will be made into a feature film which will be released in 2016. The book is filled with mystical creatures and is one of the required books for first year students at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling
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"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling originally wrote the book under the pen name Newt Scamander, who is mentioned in the series as the writer. The book was first released in 2001 as a companion to the best-selling series, although the book is only forty-two pages long. When the film was first announced, Warner Bros. also revealed that the new series will be trilogy.

The story will follow the life of Newt Scamander and will be set seven decades before the beginning of the "Harry Potter" series, since wizards live uncommonly long lives. Scamander is a mystical zoologist, who travels across every continent learning more about mythical creatures. He was originally born Newton Artemis Fido Scamander in 1897 and worked for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures for the Ministry of Magic after Hogwarts.

Scamander become interested in unknown creatures at an early age, since his mother was a breeder of Hippogriffs, the same animal that Hagrid used during Harry's Care of Magical Creatures class his third year. Scamander is known for creating the Werewolf Registry in 1947 and passing a law to ban experimental breeding. The book lists the creatures alphabetically, from acromantula to yeti.

Nerdist also posted on May 13 that the films is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 18, 2016. The film will be set in New York and follow Scamander as he chases after pixies and other unknown creatures as research for his book. Rowling will be heavily involved in the project, which is expected to be as successful as the original series. However, the film will feature lots of computer generated animation and could be a very expensive film to create.

It's not clear if every creature mentioned in the book will appear in the new trilogy, but with three films being planned it's certainly a possibility. Each creature is described by it's look and the habitat in which it lives. Scamander also explains each creatures strengths and weaknesses as well as how danger it is considerd by the Ministry of Magic.

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