Teaser Trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based upon the book of the same name that Harry Potter creator J.K.Rowling wrote as Newt Scamander.

Rowling has stated that the film is not a prequel to Harry Potter, more an extension of the Wizarding world.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione all study Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them while at Hogwarts.

Matt Smith and Nicholas Hoult were both considered for the role of Newt Scamander before it was given to Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

The film is directed by David Yates, who also directed the final four Harry Potter movies. It marks Rowling's screenwriting debut.

Rowling has revealed that in the Wizarding World in 1920's New York, when and where Fantastic Beasts is set, a Muggle is known as a No-Maj (non-magical person).

The Wizards of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Any new work from J.K.Rowling is always welcome, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is certainly an intriguing prospect. Back in 2001, Rowling wrote Fantastic Beasts, by Newt Scamander, to raise money for charity. Now, she's also written the screenplay based on the book, which sees English Wizard and Magizoologist, Newt Scamander, returning home after his travels to find said beasts.

On a stopover in New York, Scamander's magical suitcase, which happens to contain all of these magical creatures, gets left open "just a smidge". It's enough for the creatures to escape, though, and a desperate race around New York ensues to return all of the creatures to the case before the unsuspecting No-Maj's (or Muggles) find out.

Though this is a stand alone film within the Wizarding World, there are still tie-ins to Harry Potter. Newt Scamander's book was studied at Hogwarts, and sisters (Porpen)Tina and Queenie Goldstein are related to Anthony Goldstein, a Ravenclaw student in the Harry Potter series.

This Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them teaser trailer does a great job of teasing the main event, and cranking up the intrigue. A visibly nervous and shaking Tina Goldstein stands in front of the Wizard council, informing them of Scamander's error, and we see Muggle Jacob (Dan Fogler), whom Scamander befriends, standing before an enormous hole in the side of his house.

But however new and exciting Fantastic Beasts is, there's still some kind of warm familiarity that creeps over you when the magical music starts and the Warner Bros. logo takes form. It's like we're home, Potterheads, back on familiar territory once more.

No doubt plenty of dark twists and turns lie in wait, but the film also looks to be a whole heap of fun. Rowling has confirmed that Fantastic Beasts will be the first in a trilogy of Newt Scamander films, so there's even more to look forward to as well.

1 min 47 sec


Posted On
December 15, 2015
David Yates

J.K. Rowling

Warner Bros Pictures

November 18, 2016
Eddie Redmayne
Katherine Waterston
Alison Sudol
Dan Fogler
Ezra Miller
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