As November inches ever closer, it’s almost time to return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – the first in a new trilogy of spin-off films based on the global Harry Potter phenomenon.
As a huge, lifelong Harry Potter fan, I can’t wait to see Fantastic Beasts, and I’m itching for every little bit of news about this one, so today’s new trailer – premiered first at last night’s MTV Movie Awards in the US – is a great way to start a new week as I count down the months and days until its release!
Practically everything in this trailer is new, so there’s plenty to geek out over… including a mention of everyone’s favourite Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot and Order of Merlin (First Class), Album Dumbledore! Of course, it’s no secret that Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920s New York, so Harry himself hasn’t even been thought of yet, but I’m still hoping that some of my favourite Potter characters get some form of reference in the film, and it looks like I may just get my wish.
I’m particularly intrigued by the ‘wider’ Wizarding World outside of the Hogwarts and London-based settings we already know, and the Magical Congress of the United States of America (or ‘MACUSA’, for short) looks just as gorgeous and fully-realised as The Ministry of Magic did in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – there’s just so much to get excited about here that it’s hard to know where to start.
In addition, Warner Bros. has released a full synopsis for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which reads as follows:
“Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.
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, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Samantha Morton and Ezra Miller.