First, there were the “Harry Potter” books. Then, there were the “Harry Potter” films. Now, author J.K. Rowling has inspired yet another following with her masterpiece, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Fans simply can’t get enough of Rowling’s works, but after the last “Harry Potter” film (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”) was released, it seemed like that was the end of it. But lo and behold, the sound of fans’ voices rejoicing all around the world.
Not a lot has been revealed about the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film, but Entertainment Weekly was able to get the premise of the magical movie.
Set in the 1920s, the story revolves around Newt Scamander, a zany and whimsical magizoologist (which is a magical zoologist, of course), who travels to New York. Newt carries around a case with him and this is no ordinary case. It’s one of those cases that seem small on the outside but is actually really big on the inside, and for good reason. The case contains magical creatures that are said to be endangered, which Newt has collected from his travels.
He finds out that the American wizards and witches are afraid of the no-maj, which is what muggles are called in America, and are in hiding. They are terrified of being discovered, as consequences are considerably serious. The film will also show the events that occur when Newt’s magical creatures, some of which are pretty dangerous, are freed out of their case.
In an interview with David Heyman, the film’s producer, he says, “[‘Fantastic Beasts’ has] got the charm of the fourth,” referring to the fourth Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” He proceeds to explain that the film is “very funny, it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.”
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne will portray the role of Newt. Joining him are Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Colin Farrell as Graves, Samantha Morton as Mary Lou and Ezra Miller as Credence.
David Yates directs the film, with Rowling herself writing the screenplay.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is scheduled to premiere in cinemas on Nov. 18, 2016.