Incredibly, the final instalment in the Harry Potter cinematic saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 was released four years ago and, in 2016, we’re getting the chance to journey back into Harry and author J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World once again with the new spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first trailer for which was released today.
Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything) in the lead role of Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows Brit Scamander some 70 years before Harry’s story begins, as he arrives in 1920s New York with a mysterious case full of magical creatures. When some of these creatures escape, Scamander and a host of friends must journey to recover them at all costs, all the while trying to avoid detection and an international incident by revealing themselves to the No-Maj (American for Muggle – non-magical folks) population.
Written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is well into production now, and will reunite the Harry Potter film crew once more under the watchful eye of director David Yates, who is responsible for bringing us the final four Harry Potter films from Order of the Phoenix to Deathly Hallows, Part 2, as well as 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Jon Hurt, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.
The official synopsis for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, released earlier this month by Warner Bros., reads:
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 in the UK on 18 November 2016 and stars Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Samantha Morton and Dan Fogler.