Harry Potter fans are thrilled for the return to J.K. Rowling’s world in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘ and now we’ve got some details about the plot and characters of the film!
Originally, Warner Bros wanted the film to be a documentary of sorts about Newt Scamander who is the author of the research book by the same name, though J.K. Rowling had other ideas and the screenplay has now evolved into the secret plot that is now used for the film.
While we still don’t know the exact details we have learned that the following is the premise which does give us a much better idea of what we can expect:
This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles (who are called “No-Maj” in the States) and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK (remember the Salem witch trials?). Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous … get out of their case.
Apparently all of this time those of us from the States have been improperly using the word “Muggle” and I’m not sure how easy it will be for us to now adapt to saying “No-Maj” which is the word we’ve been meant to use all along.
So who are we going to be seeing in the film? We also have a breakdown of the main cast members and a brief description of who they’ll be playing:
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander
An eccentric globe-hopping English “magizoologist” wizard who’s far more comfortable around beasts and creatures than he is around other people. Comes to New York on a quest with his case full of magical habitats containing rare and endangered species.
Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein
An ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (aka MACUSA, the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic) who meets Newt. Tina is relegated to an office well below her abilities after she stood up for the wrong person. She longs to fight for what’s right.
Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein
Tina’s younger sister and roommate, a big-hearted free-spirit “legilimens” who can read minds.
Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski
An optimistic No-Maj (aka Muggle) factory worker/aspiring baker who gets introduced to the wizarding world when he meets Newt. Fun fact: He’s the Harry Potter franchise’s first Muggle main character.
Colin Farrell as Graves
A powerful auror and the right-hand man of the American wizarding world’s president.
Samantha Morton as Mary Lou
The narrow-minded leader of the fanatical Second Salemers, a group looking to expose and destroy wizards and witches.
Ezra Miller as Credence
Perhaps the cast’s most mysterious character. He’s Mary Lou’s troubled adopted son.
Sounds like we’ve got a solid plot going for us and the cast looks great.
Are you looking forward to ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’? Do you think that J.K. Rowling can strike magic with the Harry Potter universe once again? Share your thoughts below!
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ was written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates. It opens on November 18, 2016.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly