Fantastic news for Harry Potter fans as spin-off film gets a sequel

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Five years since their last wizarding fix Harry Potter fans now have not one, but two, fantastic films to look forward to.

Movie bosses have announced that work on a darker sequel to upcoming flick Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is under way - before the first story has even hit the screens.

The first instalment in the Harry Potter spin-off, starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Ezra Miller, is out on November 18 and will be JK Rowling's screen writing debut.

Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne (Joel Ryan/AP)

Based on her 2001 novel by the same name, the story follows Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist" on a mission to catalogue other-worldy creatures in New York,

Warner Bros said the second outing for Eddie's Scamander will also be penned by the author and is expected to have a "darker edge", but fans will have to hold on for two years before the sequel reaches cinemas on November 16 2018.

Katherine Waterston
Katherine Waterston (Clint Spaulding/AP)

The prospect of a burgeoning Fantastic Beasts franchise to follow the eight-part Harry Potter series will be magical for JK, who on Wednesday was named the world's third-richest author.

With an estimated £580 million fortune, she made £14.2 million in the past year that saw the opening of her two-part West End debut, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.