‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trailer Gives First Glimpse of U.S. Wizarding World
Warner Bros. unveiled a brand-new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, and here's just a few of the things we can't wait to see more of:
- Colin Farrell as Percival Graves
- A sprinting sloth-like creature
- A Dobby-ish old elven man
- Sweet, sweet dragons
Watch the Fantastic Beasts trailer above, and do your best to be patient until November 2016.
The trailer for the first installment of the upcoming trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has finally arrived, temporarily satiating rabid Harry Potter fans everywhere.
The movie, which marks author J.K. Rowling’s first foray into screenwriting, follows Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander, the fictional author whose book of the same title appears as a required text for Hogwarts students in the first novel of the Harry Potter series. Scamander travels to New York City with a briefcase full of (what else?) magical creatures -- some of which have escaped. Cue intrigue!
Rowling commented on her decision to dive back into the massively successful Harry Potter franchise back in 2013, saying she felt passionately enough about Newt Scamander's story and character to sign on to the film. Speaking with the BBC she said, I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
Rowling says she signed on to write the screenplay because she couldn't imagine another author doing it justice: "It all started when Warner Bros came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult.”
She continued, "As I considered Warners' proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros."
Although the movie is set in the 1920s (70 years before Harry Potter's story begins), Rowling insists the movie isn't a prequel, but rather a further extension of the intricate wizarding world she created.
Fantastic Beasts also marks the first time fans will see the Harry Potter world exist on U.S. soil. And just as in the real world, American wizards use different words from English wizards. Rowling recently revealed that the American word for a non-magic person (aka a muggle) is "No-Maj." This sparked mild outrage among fans, because it is a terrible, boring word, but former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe doesn't get the big deal ("I have no strong opinions about this").
The movie hits theaters November 18, 2016 — check out the trailer above.