The world just can’t get enough of anything and everything associated with Harry Potter. After the worldwide success of the books and films comes a stage play (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), to premiere in London’s West End next summer, as well as the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
J.K Rowling originally wrote the fictional work in 2001, under the fictitious name of Newt Scamander. The book is mentioned in the Harry Potter series as a text book used by the students at Hogwarts, and the Fantastic Beasts book contains several ‘notes’ written in the margins by Harry, Ron and Hermione. The publication was a success and along with its companion book, Quidditch Through the Ages, raised over £17 million for the Comic Relief charity. Rowling has also written the script for the film version of Fantastic Beasts, starring Academy Award Winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is directed by David Yates, who directed four of the Harry Potter films, and is commonly viewed as a ‘safe pair of hands’ by the Potter fandom. As well as Redmayne, the movie also stars Colin Farrell (True Detective), Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim), Ezra Miller (Trainwreck), and Katherine Watson (Steve Jobs).
The film won’t arrive on our screens until November 2016, but there is already buzz being generated around Fantastic Beasts and its stars. Warner Bros has released the new logo for the movie, which is in keeping with the Harry Potter style, and now EW have released their latest cover, featuring the first picture of Redmayne in character. Have a look, below:
The EW cover shows Redmayne’s Scamander standing outside the MACUSA - the Magical Congress of the United States of America, which is the U.S version of The Ministry of Magic. The movie is set in 1926 New York, and Redmayne certainly cuts a dashing figure in this initial photograph. More details, such as the plot of the movie and indeed, what beasts we can expect to find, as well as more set photos will be released when Entertainment Weekly comes out on Friday, November 6th.
Time will tell if Fantastic Beasts will capture movie-goers in quite the same way as the Harry Potter franchise did. It seems unlikely, but then again, Warner Bros are clearly expecting a success; they’ve announced that Fantastic Beasts could give rise to a series of films (at least a trilogy), and they’ve already earmarked November 2018 and November 2020 as release dates for sequels.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in U.S. theaters on November 18th, 2016.