Over the weekend, J.K. Rowling of the “Harry Potter” book series revealed a few other Wizarding schools other than Hogwarts that exist within her world of magic, which included an American school that may play a factor in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A bit surprising, but makes perfect sense, right? There’s no way that Hogwarts could be the only magical housing of wizards and witches in the world, it just so happens to be the biggest and best of them. Anyway, getting back to Fantastic Beasts.
Directed by David Yates of the final four Harry Potter films, and written by author Rowling herself (her first screenplay), Fantastic Beasts stars Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in a world set over seventy years before the events of Harry Potter. The first trailer for the film truly brought the magic back that made us fall in love with this world in the first place over a decade ago, and now we get a new look at the making of the magic with a behind-the-scenes featurette. In addition to the new look at Redmayne’s Scamander, we also become more familiar with Katherine Waterston’s Tina, Alison Sudol’s Queenie (Tina’s sister), and Dan Fogler’s Jacob.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens on November 18th, 2016. Directed by David Yates starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Ron Perlman, and Jon Voight.