J.K. Rowling invites us back to the Wizarding World for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM opening November 18, 2016. The film follows the journey of Newt Scamander (played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne), the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling makes her screenwriting debut to further explore the wizarding world. Continue reading for all the news, images, and trailers for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, and we’ll continue to update this post as more information becomes available.
Update October 13, 2016
At the FANTASTIC BEASTS global fan event, a special featurette video showed footage from the film, J.K. Rowling described the connections to Harry Potter, and confirmed a total of FIVE new films. Watch J.K. Rowling make the announcement starting at 7 minutes into the highlight reel below, and the actors and fans reaction to the news.
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Update September 28, 2016
“Time is running out Mr. Scamander,” final trailer released for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, and global fan event announced for Thursday, October 13.
The worldwide fan event kicks off on Thursday, October 13th, at 8:30 p.m. GMT (3:30 p.m. EDT, 12:30 p.m. PDT) and simultaneously in major cities in the U.S. and internationally. Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. Pictures’ President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, stated, “the enthusiasm and support of wizarding world fans everywhere has meant so much to us, as well as the filmmakers. We are proud to share some exciting footage from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ at this global event created just for them, and are especially thrilled that most can experience it in IMAX.”
Attendees will first be treated to a never-before-seen reel featuring some of the thrilling moments from the much-anticipated film. Talent from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be joining the celebration, in person, at two IMAX theatres, in London and Los Angeles, to welcome the fans.
Fans gathered at those locations, as well as attendees watching from IMAX theatres in New York, Sao Paulo and Mexico City, as well as a non-IMAX theatre in Rome, will be able to submit questions to the stars and director during the Q&A. It will be a rare opportunity to learn more about the story and their thrilling foray into a new era of the wizarding world.
The footage shown, as well as the Q&A, will also be streamed live online at www.facebook.com/fantasticbeastsmovie so eager fans around the world can share in the excitement.
Fans at each location will be presented with a specially designed “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” exclusive t-shirt, commemorating the worldwide event, as well as a collectible mini-poster.
As an added bonus, audiences in the U.S. theatres can stay for a special screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” being presented for the first time ever in IMAX.
Update August 5, 2016
Warner Bros. Pictures officially green lights the sequel to FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, currently scheduled to open November 16, 2018. Wizarding world creator J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the first film, is scripting the sequel. The second “Fantastic Beasts” movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances. Director David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films) will again take the helm, having recently completed work on FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.
Film frames from the San Diego Comic Con trailer give more details about the magical creatures inhabiting (and on the loose) in New York City.
Update July 23, 2016
During San Diego Comic Con a trailer, teaser poster, and exclusive artwork debuted. I love the American Art Deco look of the SDCC poster; it really defines the place and era. Get a first glimpse at the FANTASTIC BEASTS terrorizing New York, “I want to be a wizard!”
Update July 12, 2016
High atop Mount Greylock sits Ilvermorny, the North American school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Take a peek in the video below, and learn more about Ilvermorny in a short story by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore.com. The writing and video serve as background for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.
Update April 11, 2016
Teaser trailer released for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. The use of John Williams’ “Harry Potter” theme is wonderful. Take a look:
Update February 3, 2016
During the third annual Celebration of Harry Potter event at Universal Orlando Resort, fans were treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.
Original post from December 15, 2015 follows below
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
From Warner Bros. Pictures’ Press Release
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM is Warner Bros. Pictures’ all new adventure is set in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling in her best-selling Harry Potter books, which were adapted into the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. Principal photography took place at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” feature films.
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM also stars Katherine Waterston (“Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Graves.
The film is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster “Harry Potter” features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves; and Lionel Wigram.
Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” movies), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen