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J.K. Rowling clarifies Fantastic Beasts sequel rumor

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J.K. Rowling is performing a vanishing spell on a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rumor. 

On Sunday evening, a user on the Harry Potter fan site Snitch Seeker claimed to reveal exclusive information about a sequel to the upcoming film, though the novelist and screenwriter (penning her first feature script for Beasts) quickly shot down the validity of the information. 

“This isn’t correct, I’m afraid!” Rowling tweeted in response to Snitch Seeker’s assertions that the Fantastic Beasts sequel will take place “days after” the first film, set for domestic release on Nov. 18, concludes. “The sequel doesn’t begin days after first movie ends (although we do go to Paris).” 

Snitch Seeker’s original post noted that the first Beasts sequel, scheduled to be released in November 2018, will pick up “almost immediately after the first, or within weeks at most after the premiere installment,” while their Twitter account touted the claim Rowling refuted. 

The first Beasts film takes place in the same Harry Potter cinematic universe launched by Chris Columbus in 2001, following writer Newt Scamander who, amid New York City’s mysterious community of witches and wizards in 1926, grapples with the escape of several magical creatures he acquired throughout his worldwide travels.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, directed by David Yates and starring Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, and Carmen Ejogo, hits theaters nationwide on Nov. 18.