Warner Brothers have confirmed David Yates as the director of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the spin-off inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook.

Reports of the director’s involvement with the project first emerged in late August, when Variety revealed that the director and the studio were in negotiations regarding the J.K. Rowling-penned script.

Confirmation came today via a Time Warner investors meeting, where Warner Bros.’ Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara outlined an aggressive content strategy for the studio that includes plans to release 10 DC Comics films, three LEGO movies and three Fantastic Beasts films.

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman (producer), J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram (executive producer).

Steve Kloves was the screenwriter for all but one Harry Potter, and while his involvement with the new project is yet to be clarified, we suspect he is supporting Rowling in the process of writing her debut script.

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