Harry Potter fans rejoice: the first trailer for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, the newest film in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, was posted today thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM is something between a prequel and a spinoff, taking place well before the famous Harry Potter series and focusing on Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a young British wizard and author of the fictional textbook after which the film is named.
The trailer gives us a little more information: that Newt has shown up in 1920s New York City with a suitcase full of magical creatures, and that some of them have escaped. We also see the Magical Congress of the United States of America, whose seal seems to include an American phoenix, and get a line from Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), who looks to be our leading lady of the movie.
I can’t vouch for anyone else, but I’m super excited for this film. It’ll be the first story in the Wizarding World that isn’t focused on Harry Potter, it’s set in the Roaring Twenties, and it’s written by Rowling herself; it has a promising pedigree and a very solid writer, which bodes well on those fronts. It looks like it will also deal with the idea of upsetting an area’s natural ecosystem – an issue that affects the real world, and is the reason you can’t bring your pet dogs with you to Australia, among other things – and it’ll be interesting to see how the movie handles that issue. I’d love to see it go the poignant satire route and put a mirror up to society, Discworld-style. It’s fairly difficult to tell from the trailer which direction the story will go; we’ll have to wait for later trailers, and for the movie itself, set to release in November 2016.
What do you think of the trailer, and of the trailer announcing the trailer? Are you excited for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM? Let us know in the comments below!