Harry Potter fans will have to wait another year for ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

It’s been confirmed that the third Fantastic Beasts movie has been delayed by 12 months.

Set in post-World War I Europe, the planned five-film prequel franchise launched in 2016 with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander, the movie was followed last November with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The plan was to release the next instalment at the end of 2020 and Fantastic Beasts 3 was set to start shooting this July, but it was rumoured earlier this year that production had been delayed following the disappointing box office and poor critical reception for the second film.

Deadline reported in January that “more pre-production time is needed for the threequel” and “actors are being alerted about the push in production in order to change their working schedules.”

Written by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, the first two Fantastic Beasts movies have grossed a combined total of $1.46 billion worldwide, but the movies haven’t received a huge amount of love from Potter fans.

Warner Bros has now officially announced that Fantastic Beasts 3 will be released in November 2021, a year later than originally intended.

The studio’s official announcement reads: “JK Rowling created an awe-inspiring universe that has captivated people of all ages, taking us on an extraordinary magical journey.

“Warner Bros. is so proud to be the cinematic home of the Wizarding World and is excited about the future of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We look forward to bringing the third chapter of the five-film series to audiences around the globe in November 2021.”

Eddie Redmayne is expected to return as Newt Scamander in the movie, alongside Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp and Jude Law.

The complete 8-film Harry Potter DVD box set is available on Amazon.