For die hard fans of any alternate, imaginary universe, there is no acceptable number of installments for those stories, except for infinity. And infinity isn’t a number so much as an impossibly abstract concept, so there is no acceptable number of installments. This is as true for Harry Potter as it is for Marvel or Star Wars or My Little Pony (don’t judge). That’s why, when it was announced back in 2013 that another story set in the Harry Potter universe was set to hit the big screen, there was a worldwide plethora of pants that required changing. That movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, wil hit theaters in November and is the first screenplay written by Harry Potter scribe herself, J. K. Rowling! Now, there is finally some footage from this greatly anticipated movie. Check it out below!
Fantastic Beasts is adapted from a 2001 book written by Rowling and presented as the textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The story is set in the 1920s, some 70 years before the other Harry Potter adventures, and focuses on a man by the name of Newt Scamander, who is a magizoologist. Scamander brings a magical briefcase full of dangerous beasts with him on a visit to New York. Calamity ensues as some of the creatures escape the case, straining relations between wizards and the No-Maj (no magic or muggles, in the parlance of the universe), and sending Scamander and three companions on a wild Quelzlebob chase (50/50 chance that’s a real beast from the movie or that it was just made up right here, right now).
Starring as Newt Scamander is Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Jupiter Ascending). He is joined by companions Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs), Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight, Kung Fu Panda). Also appearing in the film are Samantha Morton (Synecdoche, New York, Minority Report), Ezra Miller (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as The Flash), Colin Farrell (Minority Report, Daredevil), Jon Voight (Mission: Impossible, Anaconda), and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy).
Fantastic Beasts is set to hit theaters November 18th.