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Author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' in London, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Filming on the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel has officially begun


Get your wands ready: Filming on the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" sequel has officially kicked off.

And, according to Sky News, Warner Bros. says the latest "Harry Potter" spinoff will include "surprising nods" to author J.K. Rowling's original stories. Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Folger will all reprise their roles in the new flick. In the sequel, Johnny Depp will play the role of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald and Jude Law will play beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore -- decades before Dumbledore was named to school's top post.

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures | Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and a beast called a Thunderbird in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

The first film was set in New York, but in the sequel the story will take a trip to Paris and London as well. Beyond those details, Warner Bros. confirmed in a statement that Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, which is set in 1927, "a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald."

"The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world," the statement said.

The sequel is expected in November 2018.

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