Warner Bros. to Shoot J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' at U.K. Home of 'Harry Potter' Franchise ‎

J.K. Rowling

The studio will film the movie at its Warner Studios Leavesden, which it is in the process of expanding, outside of London.‎

LONDON — Warner Bros. will shoot Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, at its Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden facility just outside of London.

The studio shot all Harry Potter films there and acquired the property a few years ago.

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U.K. culture secretary Sajid Javid made the announcement at an industry event here, according to reports. Warner Bros. confirmed the news.

Fantastic Beasts, first announced in September, is based on a Rowling companion book to the Potter series and will feature explorer Newt Scamander, who is also mentioned in the Harry Potter books as the author of a textbook that wizards must read in school.

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Plot details aren't known, but the film is set in 1920s New York and features U.S. and British wizards‎. Rowling is writing her first screenplay for the film, which is expected to be the start of a trilogy with a Nov. 2016 release.

No director and no castmembers have been announced so far.

Warner Bros. recently said it would expand the Leavesden complex. It is planning three "new state-of-the-art stages" and the addition of a further 100,000 square feet of office space, it said.

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