J. K. Rowling Reveals Fantastic Beasts’ Timeline

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In a short video that was recently released, Ezra Miller explained to us how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is connected to the Harry Potter movies. Thus, we know that Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore will also be important characters in Fantastic Beasts.

Obviously that leaves us wondering how long the timeline will be that Fantastic Beasts will be covering. After all, we know that the upcoming movie will be the first out of five.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wonder about it anymore!

While walking down the red carpet of the World Premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in New York, the woman who brought the wizarding world of Harry Potter to life, J. K. Rowling, talked to Variety and explained why there are going to be five movies, instead of three as it was planned before:

“Originally, to tell you the truth, we said a trilogy as a placeholder. We wanted to be honest with people that it was going to be more than one movie, but we were feeling our way,” Rowling said. “Then, there came a point in the drafting of our story where I said to David [Yates, the Director], ‘You know, this feels like five movies, and I think I’m pretty certain about that.’”

So far so good, at least we now know why it’s not a trilogy and it makes sense. After all, we really wouldn’t want to see a rushed storyline.

Though that is not everything that Rowling revealed that night. At the end of the interview, she also revealed the timeline of the franchise, making it sound like more of a side note.

“It’s pretty ambitious to tell it [the story] in five to be honest because we’re spanning 19 years,” she said, “but I can see an arc to five – so that’s how it happened.”

19 years really does sound like a long time and that means – roughly speaking – each of the five movies will be covering around four years. It is quite a lot, given that each Harry Potter movie was covering a year. Although, we don’t know yet if they might skip some time in between the movies and only cover a few years.

For everyone who doesn’t know, Fantastic Beasts will be set in 1926 when Newt Scamander arrives in New York and accidently sets free some of his more dangerous beasts. The movie will also hint at Grindelwald and Dumbledore, who are both in their 40s during this time and both are on their way to become great wizards in different ways. While we know that Dumbledore will eventually Headmaster at Hogwarts, Grindelwald will be known as the darkest wizards of all time, before Voldemort comes along.

So according to the 19-year timeline, the Fantastic Beasts franchise will end in 1945, which is an important year in the wizarding world. It sees the battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, in which the former eventually will defeat the latter and thus win the Elder Wand. Sounds like a good ending to the franchise to me.

But this is not the only important note about the timeline. Nothing is confirmed yet, however, we could also see a little bit of Tom Riddle aka. Voldemort! After all, he was born in 1926 and graduated from Hogwarts in 1945. And because we know all eight Harry Potter movies (or seven Harry Potter books) by heart, we also know that Tom Riddle already got involved with dark magic during his years at Hogwarts.

However, nothing has been confirmed yet, especially about the latter speculation and thus we just have to wait until we’ve seen all of the five movies.

The first movie is right around the corner, as it will be released November 18.

Anna Hattingen