J.K. Rowling has a cult following of fans thanks to the “Harry Potter” franchise and it is this vocal and supportive fanbase that prompted her to create the “Fantastic Beasts” films. ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ was a hit when it was released in 2016 and the upcoming ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald‘ which is slated to be released this week is likely to bring in even more eyes over the course of its debut weekend. With an increase in direct references to the “Harry Potter” films, it feels like continuing the solid plot from the first film and mixing in more nostalgia for the original novels and movies will have even more eyes glued to the big screen.

It is these fans of “Harry Potter” that gave Rowling reason to create and expand the Potterverse in the first place:

“This fandom is the most remarkable in the world, for me, obviously. Their loyalty and their passion for these stories really is the reason that I went back, because, without that, I don’t think I would have written these movies.”

The world premiere for ‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ was last week in Paris and the red carpet is where she shared these details.

Are you happy to be a Potterhead and love having supported J.K. Rowling to help grow the franchise with these new films or are you burned out on the ideas spawned by the boy wizard who isn’t directly connected to the new movies? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

‘Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ will be magically appearing in theaters on November 16th, 2018!

Source: Entertainment Weekly