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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Might Be Getting Harry Potter Veteran Director

But when can I fly on Buckbeak?

ThestralA new report would land a Harry Potter film director in the chair for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Which one? David Yates.

Previously we were devastated to find out Alfonso Cuarón would not be tackling the film based on J.K. Rowling’s book. But Yates directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2, and they were all pretty great, so I won’t be complaining if this comes to pass.

Variety‘s sources say he’s agreed to return, explaining that “No deal has been made but insiders confirm both sides are in negotiations. Warner Bros. had no comment on this story.”

The film is meant to hits theaters November 18, 2016, and while we’ve yet to hear any word on casting, they did recently find some filming locations.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."