The release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this fall will take us back into the Wizarding World of J.K.Rowling’s creation, and back in time, too. This time, Harry, Ron and Hermione are nowhere to be seen. Instead, Fantastic Beasts follows Magizoologist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a British Wizard, who stops off in New York on his way home from his trip to document said Fantastic Beasts.
Newt carries with him a magical case containing samples of these amazing creatures, many of whom have already been mentioned in the Harry Potter ‘verse, but no doubt there will be plenty of surprises, too. The tale unfolds when Newt’s case is accidentally opened, thereby releasing the magical creatures across New York – a city that is already wary of ‘Witchcraft.’
A recent trailer, released at San Diego Comic-Con, gave us our first look at some of the beasts that will appear in the Fantastic Beasts movie, as well as the first hint at a darker tone within the movie; something that hadn’t really been showcased before. Now, another still from the movie has been released (via EW) and it can be seen, below.
The image shows Newt and Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterson) hiding in the Magical Congress of the United States of America (that’s MACUSA to you and I, the American equivalent of the Ministry of Magic). The picture doesn’t show who or what the pair are hiding from, but it’s safe to say, from previous trailers and featurettes, that Newt’s reception in New York is not exactly friendly when it’s discovered what trouble his magical case has caused.
Joining Redmayne and Waterson in the cast are Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Ron Perlman, Ezra Miller, and Samantha Morton. The latter plays the part of Mary Lou, a leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, an extremist group looking to kill all witches and wizards. Therefore, it is understandable that MACUSA are trying to keep any magical happenings out of sight completely of unsuspecting No-Maj’s.
Director David Yates (who helmed the fourth through eighth Harry Potter movies) has confirmed all this and described the film as follows:
“[Fantastic Beasts is] a fish out of water story of an Englishmen in New York. And you get this wonderful juxtaposition between the two cultures, because there are very different rules and politics in the American wizarding world.”
While initially, Fantastic Beasts looked to be a little more lighthearted than the Harry Potter franchise, it now looks as though there is actually a real threat and danger presented during the film. Sure, it might not be on the same level as Lord Voldemort, but extremist groups certainly hold a violent threat of their own, and Newt will need the full support and cooperation of MACUSA if he is to secure the safe return of all of his magical creatures while still keeping himself, and those around him, alive and well.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in U.S. theaters on November 18th, 2016.