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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Potterheads celebrated at the news of the latest book-to-film transition of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series earlier this year, after the world of Harry Potter had been quiet for some time. Now, JK Rowling and actor Eddie Redmayne (or Newt Scamander as we now know him) open up about the truth of the new franchise’s future. It was previously announced that Potter fans will actually have five whole new feature films to keep them on their toes, and Eddie Redmayne is very happy about it. In a recent interview with Variety, he said:  (more…)

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Ten billion dollars. No, that’s not a line from the inevitable Austin Powers remake/reboot. That’s the amount the Harry Potter franchise made for Warner Bros. during an extremely lucrative run over the better part of a decade. Even after the last two-part entry in the series came and went – and with it the heightened Potter mania that inevitably accompanied each release – it was abundantly clear that Warner Bros. wasn’t done with Harry Potter and neither was its core audience. With writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates both back onboard, less cynical moviegoers could hope that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t just another shameless cash grab, but a welcome return to the deeply imagined world- and universe-building that made the Harry Potter series so addictive in the first place. We won’t keep you in suspense any longer: Minus one or two minor issues, it’s the best we can and should hope for from a prequel/spin-off.

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Shortly after the release of the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, author J.K. Rowling revealed that the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore, was gay. There wasn’t a lot of time in the books, or the movies, to explore Dumbledore’s personal life, past or present, but since young Dumbledore will have a part in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, perhaps the door will be open to exploring Albus’ love life. The question was put to Rowling, who is penning the Fantastic Beasts screenplays, as to whether or not Dumbledore’s love life will get some limelight in the sequel.  (more…)

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We’re still a couple of weeks away from the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Warner Bros. is acting like its a slamdunk on par with the success of Harry Potter 4 or 5. In other words, box office success is so completely assured, they don’t have to wait to see how it goes before proceeding with the sequel. In the case of the pending Fantastic Beasts sequel, the first of four, there’s multiple stages of ambition because not only is production full-steam ahead well before the movie’s released, but they’re already looking to cast a massive part for it, a fan favourite character who already has eight Harry Potter movies under his cloak. (more…)

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It’s still a couple of weeks until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theatres everywhere, but let’s just admit it, the actual release of the film is pro forma. Plans for the sequel, or rather sequels, to Fantastic Beasts have been well under way for months with screenwriter J.K. Rowling having nearly completed the script for part two, release dates scheduled for parts two and three, and the announcement made by Rowling that there may be as many as five Fantastic Beasts movies before the series is over. So it only makes sense then that producers would start casting for future installments, right? (more…)

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In less than a month, the bold new chapter of the Harry Potter franchise begins with the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. In the beginning there was doubt that the proverbial and literal magic would be able to be carried on into a Harry Potter world before there was a Harry Potter, but the trailers and promotion have all done a lot to say to the fans that this is the same world you know and love, just some of the pieces are different. All that’s owed to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who’s writing the screenplay for the new film series, but from the sounds of things, she’s not stopping at a trilogy. (more…)

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Long before the birth of the Boy Who Lived, long before the rise of the dark wizard You Know Who and his Death Eaters, the wizarding world was nonetheless as exciting and secretive a place as it is today. Hidden away from the muggles of Britain and the nomajes of America, wizards and witches the world over led exciting lives of exploration and discovery, spells and sorcery. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just over the horizon – due in cinemas on November 18th – we are very soon to learn about the lives they led in a world many decades before Harry Potter. (more…)

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

If you’ve been following J.K Rowling and all her magical stories, you know that her whimsical world is coming to life again on the big screen this fall in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Warner Bros. has already released a couple of trailers for the film that confirm that it will carry over the look and feel of the eight previous Harry Potter movies, but we haven’t really seen much about these titular Fantastic Beasts yet. In the midst of a summer trend with a video game that lets you seek out various creatures and capture them, let’s see what Rowling has in mind when she sends Newt Scamander out to “catch ’em all” later this year

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As the Olympics continue into their second half this week, a surprise TV spot dropped in the form of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. The film has been the driving force behind a (thus far successful) public interest revival of JK Rowling‘s Wizard World, made famous by the Harry Potter series of novels. Fantastic Beasts will cap off a lead up that included theme park attractions, an enormous Pottermore update, and a play/book release combo. If you would like to check out the trailer, continue after the jump. (more…)

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As this weekend’s release of the script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child proved, there’s still a tremendous appetite out there for all things Potter. The assertion will be tested again this fall, albeit a little more ambitiously, with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a movie set in the Harry Potter universe, but taking place decades before the birth of Potter and set on the other side of the ocean. But there’s reason to be confident in the gambit because Warner Bros. has already said yes to a sequel, and now they’ve said yes to David Yates to follow it up as the sequel’s director. (more…)