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Fantastic Beasts 4 release date speculation, cast, plot, and more news

Newt Scamander and his ragtag buddies still have a Harry Potter despot to overthrow, if the Fantastic Beasts 4 release date ever arrives.

Fantastic Beasts 4 release date

When is the Fantastic Beasts 4 release date? The future of the Harry Potter franchise appears to be hanging in the balance in the wake of the third Fantastic Beasts movie.

The Harry Potter team originally planned that there would be five new movies in the Fantastic Beasts chronology, telling the tale of Grindelwald’s rise and fall as a dark wizard. But will there be further installments to add to our rewatch of the Harry Potter movies in order after all? Step into our very own Room of Requirement and discover what we know about it so far.

Will there be a Fantastic Beasts 4 release date?

There are no new Fantastic Beasts movies in the works, and David Yates has confirmed that the series is “parked” for now.

“With Beasts, it’s all just parked,” Yates, who directed four Harry Potter installments and all three Fantastic Beasts movies said [via Total Film]. “We made those three movies, the last one through a pandemic, and it was enormous fun but it was tough. We’re all so proud of [Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore] and when it went out into the world, we just needed to sort of stop and pause, and take it easy.”

Although this sounds like the Fantastic Beasts franchise is over and done, Yates did mention that it’s not impossible for the series to come back at some point. “I’m sure at some point, we’ll be back. But yeah, I haven’t spoken to Jo, I haven’t spoken to [producer] David Heyman, I haven’t spoken to Warner Bros; we’re just taking a pause. It’s quite nice.”

So, what does this mean? Well, for one, we could be waiting years for another movie. And the longer time passes, the less likely it is for the franchise to be picked up again at all. Honestly, if we haven’t heard of any news on the development/production by 2026, we’re going to assume we’re not getting Fantastic Beasts 4.

Fantastic Beasts 4 release date: Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 3

Fantastic Beasts 4 cast speculation

We assume Eddie Redmayne would reprise his role as Newt Scamander if Fantastic Beasts 4 were to go ahead.

Jude Law, too, is becoming a key figure in the wider Harry Potter cast, and we know how important Albus Dumbledore is, of course. With Grindelwald still on the loose, Jude Law is almost certain to come back if there is another movie.

In the supporting roles, Dan Fogler’s Muggle character, Jacob Kowalski, does seem pretty content now he has been wed to his beloved Queenie, played by Alison Sudol. We reckon the pair would come back if Fantastic Beasts 4 was ever made.

The character of Credence, or Aurelius Dumbledore as he is now known, still has lots of development to come. He was on the brink of death, but having been reunited with his true family, he should have a more bright path ahead. Whether Ezra Miller will reprise the role or not depends very much on the actor’s behavior between now and the production getting underway.

Fantastic Beasts 4 release date - Queenie and Jacob

Similar doubts will surely hang over the heads of Katherine Waterston and her character Tina Goldstein. After the actor was massively side-lined in Fantastic Beasts 3, we’re not sure what the future holds for her character, and we wouldn’t be shocked to learn she had been written out of future installments.

A speculative Fantastic Beasts 4 cast list:

  • Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander
  • Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore
  • Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski
  • Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald
  • Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein

Fantastic Beasts 4 release date: Eddie Redmayne as Newt walking up steps

What will Fantastic Beasts 4 be about?

We know that, if a sequel is announced, the hunt for Grindelwald will certainly continue.

At the end of Fantastic Beasts 3, one of the best movie villains, Grindelwald, manages to escape the clutches of Albus Dumbledore and his team of wizarding heroes, but we know that Dumbledore and Grindelwald are destined to find each other again. Their next big battle could be Grindelwald’s last, but we will have to wait and see!

Newt Scamander, meanwhile, has been becoming more and more of a peripheral character in his franchise. In Fantastic Beasts 3, he was an important ally to Dumbledore and pledged to help him again if needed. We’re pretty sure that will be the case next time around.

There is also the storyline of Credence, or Aurelius Dumbledore, to explore. Having been reunited with his father, Aberforth Dumbledore, at the end of Fantastic Beasts 3, it is looking likely that Aurelius can now escape the Obscurus that was plaguing his health and find purpose as a good guy.

Curiously, there is one particular plotline from Fantastic Beasts 2 that we didn’t get to dive into in Fantastic Beasts 3, and that is the origins of Voldemort‘s snake, Nagini. In the second movie, it is revealed that she was originally a human woman, but this mystery still needs to be explored. Perhaps we will get more answers in Fantastic Beasts 4 as we get closer and closer to the Harry Potter timeline. Perhaps we’ll see even more Harry Potter characters cross-over!

Fantastic Beasts 4 release date - Nagini

Is there a Fantastic Beasts 4 trailer?

There is no Fantastic Beasts 4 trailer at this time. At the time of writing, the fourth Fantastic Beasts movie isn’t even in production.

Warner Bros currently has nothing to share when it comes to news on the next addition to its canon of the best fantasy movies, either. So, a potential trailer is hard to place as any work is yet to kick off.

But we can’t let you leave empty-handed, so here’s a fascinating video on the impressive make-up work that makes the fantastic beasts of Fantastic Beasts tick.

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Where can I watch Fantastic Beasts 4?

Unless there’s a radical change, Fantastic Beasts 4 will match the rest of the franchise and be a theatrical exclusive.

In the meantime, head over to Max to keep up with the franchise so far.

That’s all we know for now, and it’s very much speculation at this point, of course. You can read our Fantastic Beasts 3 review for our thoughts on the last chapter. As soon as we hear more whispers from the Wizarding World, we’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, check out these other examples of the best movies based on books.

Fantastic Beasts 4 release date - Dumbledore and Newt Scamander

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