'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Title Format Revealed

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a cute, whimsical title, but it's also kind of an unwieldy one. There's a reason most people just shorten it to Fantastic Beasts in casual conversation. And as we move into the sequels, those titles have the potential to get even longer. Will we start seeing titles like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Insert Dramatic But Vague Subtitle Here? Or will Warner Bros. just go with the classic number format, i.e., Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2? Or on the flip side, might the titles get shorter going forward?

Star Eddie Redmayne has the answer, and he shared it at a recent event promoting Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Find out the Fantastic Beasts sequel title format below. 

Snitch Seeker scooped up video of the cast appearing at an Apple Store event in Soho, where the moderator asked what the follow-up films might be called. After Ezra Miller and Dan Fogler threw around jokey suggestions like Other Places to Find Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts and Whoops We Forgot One, Redmayne revealed a real answer:

You know, I did actually ask that question to David Yates and David Heyman yesterday. And the answer is "Fantastic Beasts" will remain in the title if we go forward, and then it'll be "and the..."

So the Fantastic Beasts sequel title treatment is just like the one for the Harry Potter movies, all of which had titles starting with "Harry Potter and the." In the case of Harry Potter, though, it was much easier to fill in the second half of the title with the names of various artifacts or sobriquets for various people. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sounds like the title of an instruction manual (because it kind of was one — in the Harry Potter stories, it's the title of a Hogwarts textbook written by Newt Scamander) so I'm wondering if other films in the series will go for a similar vibe.

David Yates, who directed half the Harry Potter movies and returned for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be back for the next movie and probably the next three as well. The first Fantastic Beasts is in theaters now and the sequel is scheduled for November 16, 2018.