Attention muggles (non-magic folk)! Five years ago an era came to an end. The era of Harry Potter. Harry Potter’s story on the big screen brought together true fans of J.K Rowling’s dream world as one big happy family. When the Harry Potter films ended it was implied that magic is gone. There was no more movie premieres to look forward to…until now. Potterheads were not the only ones who could not let go of the magic world just yet. J.K Rowling has blessed us with more of her genius creation. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was published in 2001, the same year Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in theaters. It was decided in 2013 that the novel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be transformed onto the big screen. Warner Bros. Pictures pitched the idea to J.K Rowling and it was then announced that she would write the film as her screenwriting debut. J.K Rowling is also producing the film and has completed the script on November 23rd this past year. Many have the implication that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel/spin-off of Harry Potter, but that is not the case. J.K Rowling claims that the film will neither be a prequel nor a spin-off to the Harry Potter series. However, it will be set in the same wizard world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the first film of a trilogy based on the novel and is set 70 years prior to the story of Harry Potter.
Although the film is not a prequel/spin-off, the novel itself serves that purpose. The novel is actually one of the textbooks listed with Harry’s supplies in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Throughout Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them there are notes written by Harry, Ron, and Hermione detailing their experiences with some of the beasts that are described. The film for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will not include Harry Potter in any specific way.
The film will focus on the life of Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The plot revolves around Newt, who after traveling the world to research for his Magizoology book, makes a short stop in New York in the year of 1926. However, Jacob Kowalski, a non-magic folk, interferes with Newt’s plans when he unintentionally releases the contents within Newt’s magically-expanded suitcase. What was meant to be a rest stop for Newt, he is instead faced with having to save the city from dangerous magical creatures and saving the relationship between the magic and non-magic world. The actor chosen to portray Newt is Oscar award winner Eddie Redmayne. According to Variety, Redmayne was the top choice for the lead role. Redmayne was likely chosen for the role due to his amazing talent, but I can’t help but wonder that maybe he was chosen because of his past films where he worked with actors that were in the Harry Potter films. Redmayne is truly gifted and maybe the co-stars he has worked alongside with (Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, David Thewlis) gave a good word to the casting crew for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Either way, Eddie Redmayne will no doubt satisfy.
The film is set to be released November 18th, 2016. Though it is no Hogwarts, Potterheads worldwide will be able to experience magic once again.
If you haven’t already, check out the trailer below: