Warner Bros. has announced that the first film in a planned trilogy of movies set in the Harry Potter universe: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is scheduled for release Nov. 18, 2016.
The film, based on the Hogwarts textbook, chronicles the exploits of the book’s fictional author: Newt Scamander. It’s the same Wizarding World as the HP books, but Fantastic Beasts begins 70 years before the events of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and is set in New York (at the beginning, at least).
As a Harry Potter fan, I’ve been curious as to what the Wizarding World is like in the U.S. for a long time. Rowling‘s novels have focused pretty exclusively on Britain.
I realize this isn’t exactly what Fantastic Beasts will be about, but it’s still fun to ponder:
Do we have a Department of Magic and a Secretary, as opposed to a Ministry and Minister? Do American Wizards play Quidditch? Do we use Galleons as currency and send mail by owl?
Goblet of Fire DID establish the existence of a Salem Witches’ Institute, so we know the States have at least one school of magic.
We’ll just have to wait and see if the movie delves into the peculiarities of American Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Source: Coming Soon