Warner Bros. Consumer Products has announced its global publishing licensees for the November 18, 2016, feature film release Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and its sequels. Based on a textbook that was featured in the Harry Potter books and movies (written by the character Newt Scamander), Fantastic Beasts marks the first time that author J.K. Rowling has written a screenplay.
Scholastic, the long-time U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter novels, will release children’s movie tie-ins for both Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the original eight Harry Potter films, across multiple formats and languages. HarperCollins, meanwhile, has secured the rights for adult tie-ins to the new franchise, including reference books about the making of the films, coloring books, and postcard collections. And long-time Harry Potter licensee Insight Editions has also signed on to produce several formats of deluxe novelty and paper-engineered books. The Fantastic Beasts tie-ins will start rolling out in fall 2016.
The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Scamander and is directed by David Yates, who had the same responsibility for the last four Harry Potter films.