You have to admire Warner Bros' confidence, given that the sequel to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them was announced before the first film even came out. How's that for magic? In retrospect, it's easy now to see why there was so much faith: the Harry Potter spinoff with zero familiar characters earned an impressive $800 million, proving there's still a big appetite for J.K. Rowling's wizarding world.
Writer Rowling and director David Yates' biggest challenge for the sequel will be garnering more enthusiasm from fans and critics. Although Newt Scamander's debut big screen outing (Marauder's Map cameos notwithstanding) earned plenty of cash, it won't end up on many people's Favourite Films Ever lists. It was a pretty solid introduction, but the balance between cutesy creatures and scintillating storytelling was way off.
The good news is this: early word on Fantastic Beasts 2 suggests that some major shake-ups are on the way, with new characters, locations and stories promising to spice things up significantly.
If the first film failed to stupefy you, the promises of part two should be music to your ears...