Warner Bros. Pictures announced today the release dates of two ‘Untitled WB Event’ films, and everything seems to point to the fact that these two movies are going to turn out to be the sequels to the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The world turned into a happier place last year when WB and J.K. Rowling unexpectedly announced that they were working on a new movie set in the Wizarding World. The film was inspired by Harry Potter’s text book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and it will focus on the adventures lived by its author, magizoologist Newt Scamander. At the time of the announcement it was said that the movie was “planned as the first picture in a new film series.”

Flash forward to March this year: a New York Times report reveals that Fantastic Beasts will be released as a trilogy of “megamovies,” and weeks later the first film in the new series, which is still in need of an official title, gets November 18, 2016 as its official release date.

As part of their blockbuster line-up for the next six years and a half, Warner Bros. revealed today that on November 16, 2018 and on November 20, 2020 two ‘Untitled WB Event’ films will be released. No more details were announced, but given that both dates fall on the same weekend that the first Fantastic Beasts movie will be released in 2016, we are convinced WB is talking about the sequels here.

Looking at other WB properties, no franchise seems to have a real shot at developing and releasing two new entries by these dates. A LEGO sequel is already scheduled for 2017 and a follow-up to this year’s Godzilla is very unlikely to take on the November 2018 slot.

We still need official confirmation on the matter, but we are marking our calendars already!

J.K. Rowling is penning the Fantastic Beasts script and has complete creative control over the film’s screenplay. A report revealed earlier this year that Rowling’s contract makes it impossible for Warner Bros. to hire a new screenwriter to even re-write her script without the author’s approval. A director has not yet been announced but David Heyman, producer of all 8 Harry Potter films, is returning to the crew.

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