Not Really a surprise i guess… it just didn’t seem so desperate when George Lucas did it ,,,,

J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. announce new movie franchise set in wizarding world…. i suppose  it had to happen some time

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling, in a statement.  “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”