The Harry Potter book series is one of the most popular in recent history, and his movie adaptations have been one of Warner Bros. Pictures' most lucrative franchises. Even stretching the final book out into two films couldn't make the series last forever. When the final film hit, it broke opening weekend box office records and the hearts of fans everywhere. Was this the end of our journey to Harry's magical world?
Enter Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Potter creator J.K. Rowling has returned to her series, this time writing a film experience from the ground up. While Rowling penned a book bearing this title exists, it's actually a fictional textbook written from the perspective of the hero of this new film. Newt Scamander is a magic zoologist who lived long before Harry Potter in 1926, and this new adventure will follow him to America for a promising misadventure.
Over on the official Twitter account for Fantastic Beasts, a brand new poster has dropped for the San Diego Comic-Con, as well as an image of the show floor where the WB's booth is located. The poster primarily features protagonist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl). Around the border are supporting players - Katherine Waterson (Steve Jobs) as Porpentina Goldstein, Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda) as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol (Other People's Children) as Queenie Goldstein, Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Percival Graves, Samantha Morton (John Carter) as Mary Lou, and Ezra Miller (Batman V Superman) as Credence.
Check out the Fantastic Beasts Comic-Con poster and booth, below:
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The twisted perspective in the poster certainly gives a sense of unease. The American flags worked into the borders of seem to indicate the cause. Newt Scamander is a stranger in a strange land. In the introduction video that released last month, it was revealed that Newt isn't exactly a "people person." Moreover, he's completely unfamiliar with how the wizarding community works in America. It's likely that he will act as a surrogate for the audience as Rowling introduces us to this whole new sub-culture. The mystery of the British wizarding world has long since transfigured into warm familiarity for most audiences, so it should be exciting to have new oddities to explore.
Only time will tell if Fantastic Beasts lights the box office on fire the same way the Harry Potter movie series did. The premise seems unique enough and the Wizarding World is as fascinating a place to explore as ever, so hopefully the larger franchise has more than a little magic left in it yet.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in U.S. theaters on November 18th, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures