'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' rumors: Hogwarts' American counterpart to be featured; magical community will be against sinister group


The first trailer of the highly anticipated movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has been released, encouraging fans to return to the magical wizarding world first seen in the “Harry Potter” film series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it reminds moviegoers and book readers alike to look for magic and the impossible that surround them as long as they know where to look.

The footage gives the first impresion of New York during 1920s as it is being visited by magizoologist and lead character Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne. He will be searching for mythical creatures with rare superpowers in order to catalogue them into his titular book.

The report added that aside from his interesting adventures, the film will also delve into American magical community dealing with the prejudice from non-magical people called “No-maj.” They will be against the sinister group named “New Salem Philanthropic Society,” which is led by Samantha Morton’s Mary Lou, who are set to kill witches and wizards.

The Week also reported that Rowling previously hinted that there will be another wizarding school to be featured which is the American counterpart of Hogwarts. However, she has not announced the name yet.

The author also shared to her Twitter followers a cryptic message about the plot in the form of an anagram that when deciphered read, “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours” and she added that “circumstances ensured that he remained.”

Joining the cast alongside Redmayne are Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton. David Yates took the helm as the film’s director, while Steve Kloves has penned the script with Rowling. David Heyman, who also produced all eight Potter films will be one of the producers.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is slated hit the big screens on Nov. 18, 2016.