Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to open this Fall, taking us back to the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling's creation. This time, though, the setting isn't Hogwarts but 1920s New York City, way before Harry Potter existed. Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has been traveling the world, finding and documenting magical beasts, and he happens to call in to New York on his way home to England. The book he will eventually write of his findings, which shares its title with the film, will eventually be studied by Harry, Ron and Hermione during their schooling - but for now, Newt is too busy trying to avert disaster to even think about writing a book.
Trouble ensues for Newt when his magical case is accidentally left open by No-Maj, Jacob, meaning all the Fantastic Beasts Newt had stored are at liberty to escape, and of course, they do. Pretty soon they're all wreaking havoc around New York, drawing unwelcome attention to the Wizarding community which is already under threat from a group of Philanthropists led by Mary-Lou Barebone (Samantha Morton). The MACUSA head, Seraphina Picquerey, is keen to recapture the beasts as quickly as possible and get Mr. Scamander out of her town - but a bigger threat might be heading their way, too. Ahead of the film's release, the final trailer has dropped online, and can be viewed, above.
In addition, you can check out a new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them poster, below:
There is no doubting that Fantastic Beasts holds a great many similarities to Harry Potter. After all, both come from Rowling's imagination and share the same universe. Not only that, but Fantastic Beasts is directed by David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter movies, too. That said, Fantastic Beasts stands on its own, the first in a trilogy of films, and the trailer above shows that well. It holds a dark, threatening undertone to it; partly in the form of the villains of the piece; the aforementioned Mary-Lou and her adopted son, Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) and the creepy yet undeniably intriguing Percival Graves, played by Colin Farrell, but there's something else too. Some kind of dark magic seems to be at work in the trailer, though the source of that isn't made clear. However, it seems to raise many questions about ethics and discrimination that aren't all that different to the questions we have in today's society.
Tapping into society's fear of the unknown, which really hasn't changed all that much from the Salem Witch Trials days, Fantastic Beasts explores the use of magic as a form of protection as well as a form of violence, it seems from the movie's final trailer. Meanwhile, Farrell's character seems to be planning some kind of uprising, and pitting two factions of the already fragile and emotional Wizarding community against each other could mean war on a grand scale.
The themes aside, this trailer also gives a good look at some of the beasts we encounter; some of them cute, some of them not so adorable. It's also intriguing to note that Newt's case can also be entered and left as if it were a room, providing a perfect hiding place in times of trouble, maybe. While Fantastic Beasts might not quite reach the heights of Harry Potter's success, it still looks to be a welcome return to the Wizarding World.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in U.S. theaters on November 18th, 2016, followed by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 on November 16th, 2018.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) release date: Nov 18, 2016