The Harry Potter spin off gets its first trailer!
Wow December is shaping up to be a pretty good month for trailers eh?! Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer for Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them today. Scripted by the one and only J.K. Rowling and directed by Deathly Hallows helmer David Yates, Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920’s New York. The film centers on Newt Scamander and what happens when he looses some of the magical beasts from his TARDIS-esque suitcase…
So it’s definitely just a first glimpse back into the wizarding World and without any of the magical beasts yet, but it really has me excited to see more! It’s been four years since the last installment of Harry Potter on the big screen, but after the first ‘Lumos Maxima’ spell cast in the trailer, I was transported straight back! We get a good look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina and a little glimpse of Colin Firth as Percival Graves.
It’s definitely going to be interesting to see what the wizarding community is like in America. We are introduced to the Magical Congress of the United States of America, the American version of the Ministry of Magic, within their grandiose yet rather sinister Gothic hall! Muggles are also known as “no-maj”, pronounced “no-madge” in America, intriguing!
Take a look at the trailer and poster below….
And the poster…
A rather long synopsis has also been released:
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.
The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.
The film reunites a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” movies), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which was home to the “Harry Potter” films for a decade. Some scenes were also shot on location in Liverpool, England.
Warner Bros. Pictures has slated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.