Is it possible that we’re hearing even more news about J.K. Rowling now that her Harry Potter series has ended than we did as she was releasing the books? As if the seven novel series wasn’t enough, Rowling kept up with the writing under a pseudonym (which probably can’t still be considered a pseudonym since the internet cracked that secret wide open), and with a two part Harry Potter sequel play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, headed to London’s West End stage. Her latest endeavor is her screenwriting debut, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; set in the same Potter-verse, but around 80 years earlier. Prepare to feast your eyes on the released images, featuring the Oscar winning star of the film Eddie Redmayne.Besides all these dazzling images, EW also shined some more light on the story that’s being told. Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a British magizoologist (for all us muggles that means he studies magical creatures,) that sets out on an adventure across America in 1926. They also explain that, much like Diagon Alley and the Order of the Pheonix headquarters, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) is hidden right in plain view- in New York City’s Woolworth building.
This will be the first time we’ll be able to witness the wizarding community in America- something talked about in Rowling’s books but never visited. It’s obvious Rowling has quite the penchant for inventing incredible (and yet totally believable) worlds, so it should be fun to see what she comes up with using the US as a template!
Directed by David Yates (who was at the helm of four Harry Potter movies) and also starring Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan, and Jon Voight, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently being filmed with a scheduled release date of November 18, 2016.