Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them

Are you ready to re-enter the Wizarding World?  Though the Harry Potter saga has mostly ended (although it continues onstage with ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’), there still such a rich mythology from the brain of writer J.K. Rowling just waiting to be explored.  This winter, we see the first exploration of this universe in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, which follows the exploits of Newt Scamander as he tracks down the magical creatures roaming free in the Muggle world.

The film is set in 1926 and is the first Potterverse visit to the New World, a.k.a. the United States, as Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the melting pot of New York City on his quest.  This graduate of Hogwarts (he was a Hufflepuff) carries with him a magic case, which, like Mary Poppins’ is much larger on the inside than out.  Being a Hufflepuff, you can probably imagine that Scamander isn’t exactly action hero material… at least not at first.  But look at Neville Longbottom!  Sometimes it’s the unlikeliest candidates that muster up the greatest courage when needed.

Rowling, who penned the script for ‘Fantastic Beasts’– a first– says:

“My heroes are always people who feel themselves to be set apart, stigmatized, or others.  That’s at the heart of most of what I write, and it’s certainly at the heart of this movie.”

Rowling herself introduces this new unlikely hero in a new featurette.  Check it out below:

Honestly, if nothing else, this movie LOOKS spectacular!  And Redmayne has proven he has some serious acting chops in ‘The Theory of Everything‘ and ‘The Danish Girl’.  (We’ll just pretend ‘Jupiter Ascending’ never happened.)

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ directed by David Yates, stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and Colin Farrell.  It will magically materialize in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.

Are you ready to journey back to Rowling’s Wizarding Wonderland?

Source: Entertainment Weekly