While Chinese censors are afraid of some ghosts, they always seem anxious for the magic (and the dollars) from Harry Potter and any of its spinoffs. Although Ghostbusters was nixed from getting a theatrical release in China, Warner Bros’ J.K. Rowling adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will release to Chinese audiences on November 25. The global release for the film will be on November 18, with a sequel set for November 16, 2018.
The good news for Warner Bros., given that a Chinese release is a big deal for any film given since it is the No. 2 movie audience outside of the U.S. and soon to be No. 1, comes only a couple of weeks after author Rowling announced that the Eddie Redmayne-starring spinoff will be the first of five films that will be rolled out. The Chinese date was first reported by Deadline’s sister pub Variety.
The Harry Potter prequel stars Eddie Redmayne as pre-eminent “magizoologist” Newt Scamander, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures.