When is the Fantastic Beasts 4 release date? The third installment in the Fantastic Beasts series, The Secrets of Dumbledore, arrived in cinemas in April 2022 to a mixed reception. Now, the future of the Harry Potter franchise appears to be hanging in the balance, with rumors that a fourth movie might not even happen at all.
The Fantastic Beasts series was originally planned out for five fantasy movies, so while Fantastic Beasts 3 is an important chapter in the franchise, there should still be so much more to come from the world of Harry Potter. The Fantastic Beasts 3 ending was something of a cliffhanger, so fans are understandably wondering what will happen next in the Fantastic Beasts journey.
Will Dumbledore be able to finally put a stop to Harry Potter villain Gellert Grindelwald’s tyrannical ambitions to destroy the muggles? What magical beasts will Newt Scamander encounter next on his adventures? And will we ever see Tina Goldstein again? Step into our very own Room of Requirement and discover all the answers you need about the Fantastic Beasts 4 release date.
Fantastic Beasts 4 release date speculation
Despite JK Rowling claiming in 2016 that there would be five Fantastic Beasts movies, the fourth film in the franchise hasn’t been officially announced as of June 2023, and we think it’s pretty unlikely to happen at this point.
Still, playing devil’s advocate, we know the first two Fantastic Beasts Harry Potter movies were released in November of their respective years, while Fantastic Beasts 3 was given an April 2022 release date. So, if it was announced, it’s hard to guess where Fantastic Beasts 4 might slot in.
While there was almost a four-year gap between the second and third films in this franchise, there was just a two-year gap between the first two. We would imagine if the project does go ahead, Warner Bros would want Fantastic Beasts 4 to be ready for 2025 at the latest.
Fantastic Beasts 4 cast speculation
There is no definite information about the Fantastic Beasts 4 cast, but we assume Eddie Redmayne would reprise his role as Newt Scamander.
Jude Law, too, is becoming a key figure in the Fantastic Beasts movies, and we know how important Albus Dumbledore is, of course. With Grindelwald still on the loose, Jude Law is almost certain to come back for the next movie.
Speaking of Grindelwald, this one could be a tricky one to predict. So far, in this series of three movies, three different actors have played the villainous character. Will Mads Mikkelsen stick around for film number four, or will Warner Bros have to explain another transformation?
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. Whether they have a big role to play or not, though, we reckon the pair will be back for Fantastic Beasts 4.
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.
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
Similar doubts will surely hang over the head 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.
Fantastic Beasts 4 trailer speculation
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 fantasy movie, either. So, a potential trailer is hard to place as any work on the new movie is yet to kick off. But we will keep an eye out for updates on that front.
Fantastic Beasts 4 plot speculation
While there are no details about the Fantastic Beasts 4 plot at the moment, we know that, first and foremost, that if a sequel is announced that the hunt for Grindelwald will certainly continue.
At the end of Fantastic Beasts 3, the movie villain 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 own 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.
We also saw Jacob Kowalski reunited with his beloved Queenie Goldstein, and the two of them got married at the end of Fantastic Beasts 3. Whether this means they are settling down and staying out of trouble is another matter, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the pair return for more action in future adventure movies.
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.
That’s all we know for now, and it’s very much speculation at this point, of course. As soon as we hear more whispers from the Wizarding World, we will keep you updated. In the meantime, check out these other great movies based on books, and find out where the Harry Potter cast is right now.