Warner Bros. brings “Harry Potter” fans back into the wizarding world with the release of the first trailer of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which is set to premiere late next year.
The film showcases J.K. Rowling as the film writer, and is inspired by the Hogwarts textbook of the same title. The movie is set in New York in 1926, where a mystical suitcase is opened and magical creatures escape into the city.
The owner of the suitcase is wizard and mythical animal enthusiast Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who had just completed a tour around the world collecting the magical creatures released into New York streets. Scamander is played by Eddie Redmayne, who also played roles in “The Theory of Everything,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Les Miserables,” and “The Danish Girl.”
The movie opens with Scamander’s voice, as Pottermore reports, whispering “Lumos Maxima” a few times until a burst of light shoots out from a magic wand.
Vox reminds fans that the movie is neither a spin-off nor a prequel to the “Harry Potter” series. It is a movie inspired by a small detail in the films and novels a textbook used by Harry and his classmates in school.
The cast also include actors Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan and Ron Perlman.
David Yates, director of the last four “Harry Potter” films, helms “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which is rumoured to be a trilogy as well. The movie was filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in England, which was where the “Harry Potter” films found a home for over 10 years. Other scenes were shot on location in Liverpool, England.
Producing the film are David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is due for release on Nov. 18, 2016.