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Dark, new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie grounded in real world

LOS ANGELES: Albus Dumbeldore is a young professor at Hogwarts School; the charismatic but evil Gellert Grindelwald is determined to manipulate the world for his own ends; and Newt Scamander, with his magical suitcase of strange creatures, is trying to stop him. The wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling returns to the big screen this week with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” and its dark themes are grounded firmly in the real world. Set in 1927, some 70 years before Rowling’s best-selling “Harry…

Johnny Depp enters Rowling’s magical world in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

Johnny Depp has swash buckled as a pirate, played a mad hatmaker and will next step into "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling's wizarding world of magic in the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" sequel, film trade publications said Tuesday. Depp, 53, one of Hollywood's top actors and box office draws, will co-star in the 2018 sequel to "Fantastic Beasts," due out in theaters on Nov. 18, Deadline.com, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety said, citing unnamed sources. The reports also said Depp will make a cameo in…

J.K. Rowling to conjure five ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films for Potter fans

LOS ANGELES: There is fantastic news for "Harry Potter" fans.  Author J.K. Rowling said that the Potter spinoff movie franchise "Fantastic Beasts" will consist of five films, up from the previously announced three. "We set a trilogy as a placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie, but ... we're pretty sure it's going to be five movies," Rowling told participants in London gathered at a fan event. The British author of the best-selling "Harry Potter" books was a surprise addition at a question-and-answer…