The "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" finally has a release date: It's set to hit theaters on November 18, 2016.
While there still haven't been any casting details, or any information about characters other than the protagonist, Newt Scamander, a definitive release date is good news for "Potter" fans clamoring for more from the mind of author J.K. Rowling, who's penning the screenplay. "Fantatsic Beasts" is based on Rowling's own fictional textbook, which was written by Scamander and used by Hogwarts students in the "Potter" series.
Rowling released a slim version of the text in 2001, and it revealed some details about Scamander, a magizoologist (someone who studies magical creatures) who once worked with dragons and werewolves at the Ministry of Magic, and eventually became headmaster of Hogwarts. The film adaptation of "Fantastic Beasts" has been described as "three megamovies," and the trilogy will begin by focusing on Scamander as a young man in New York City in the early 1900s, taking place about 70 years prior to the events of the "Harry Potter" series.
No word yet on when the other two installments of the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" trilogy are expected to hit theaters. But we can't wait until 2016.