The film adaptation of "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be a trilogy, according to a New York Times profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who said, "Three megamovies are planned."
After the film's announcement in September, Tsujihara hinted at a series, saying, "The hope is that we’re going to build a film franchise." The announcement also referred to it as "the first film."
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was written in 2001, between the publication of the fourth and fifth "Harry Potter" books, as a companion book modeled after the series' Hogwarts textbook of the same name. The films, set about 70 years before the start of the "Harry Potter" series, will follow magizoologist and textbook author New Scamander and are considered an "extension of the wizarding world" as opposed to prequels or sequels.