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Warner Bros. is turning J.K. Rowling‘s 54-page book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them into a trilogy. The Harry Potter spinoff, which is neither prequel nor sequel, will be written by Rowling and set seven decades before Harry Potter came to be.

In a lengthy New York Times (via/Film) profile about Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, it was revealed that three “megamovies” were planned for Rowling’s 2001 book Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is one of the textbooks used withing the Harry Potter universe.

The new series was announced back in September, so this really should come as no surprise. But for those of you who hoped Fantastic Beasts would be a prequel or sequel to the Harry Potter franchise, well, sorry to disappoint. The story will take place in New York City, seven decades before Harry Potter was born, and will follow the adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander, the book’s (fiction) author in the Harry Potter world.

In the profile, Rowling says that Tsujihara was the one who made this spinoff happen (and the profile does paint him as a very persuasive fellow). She said:

“When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth. We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”

Studios are all for getting more bang for their buck. It happened with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Hobbit, and other also with YA series like Twilight and The Hunger Games.

There’s no word on when Fantastic Beasts will hit the big screen.

What do you think? Are you excited to revisit the Harry Potter universe?