The magical wizarding world of Harry Potter is returning to the theaters with the prequel film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Fantastic Beasts, based on the J.K Rowling’s story about magical beasts, is about an world-famous “magizoologist”, a person who studies magical creatures, Newt Scamander. He comes to 1926 New York with his magical briefcase that stores expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from his travels around the world.
Newt discovers that, because of the Salem witch trials, American wizards are even more concerned of No-Majs (the American name for Muggles) exposing them than in the UK. Fantastic Beasts shows what happens when this eccentric, English wizard travels to wizard-phobic America and his creatures, some deadly, escape their case.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Eddie Redmayne, who will play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts, said that he, like many other people, was “completely intoxicated by J.K. Rowling’s world” and “the idea of getting to tiptoe into it felt truly exciting.”
Along with Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts also stars Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein, an ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic); Queenie Goldstein, Tina’s younger sister who can read minds, played by Alison Sudol; and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj factory worker and aspiring baker.
The movie will also star Colin Farrell as Graves, a powerful auror and the chief assistant of the American wizarding world’s president; Samantha Morton as Mary Lou, the leader of Second Salemers, a group looking to destroy wizards and witches, and her adopted son, Credence, played by Ezra Miller.