‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Begins Filming

By August 17, 2015
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Begins Filming

Coming four years after the conclusion of the highly-successful and beloved Harry Potter franchise, Warner Bros. is beginning to get farther along into their planned HP spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film is set 70 years before the events of the Potter films and features Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist, Newt Scamander, during his travels in 1920s New York City as he tries to find and document as many strange and interesting new magical creatures as he can.

The film has already assembled an outstanding cast around Redmayne as well too, including Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Tina, Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Credence, Dan Fogler (Fanboys) as Jacob, Alison Sudol (Transparent) as Tina’s sister Queenie, Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity, Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty, and Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Graves. The movie will also feature the return of David Yates (the last four Harry Potter films) as director, many returning crew and production members, and J.K. Rowling herself as the film’s screenwriter.

Warner Bros. has revealed today that principal photography on the project has officially begun earlier this morning at WB Studios, Leavesden, in London, England. The studio also announced a new addition to the already stellar cast, with talented actress Samantha Morton (Minority Report) set to play a character named Mary Lou. Details on the role are unknown for the time being.

With the movie set to be released in just a little over a year from now, and the amount of time that will likely need to be put into the post-production phase of the film, it makes sense that production would begin around this time. The studio has done a rather considerable job at keeping the project as secretive as possible to up to this point too, but it’s likely only a matter of time now before an official first image is released, or some new details are shared with the public about the film.

It seems like Warner Bros. is putting a lot on the success of this film, with the studio having already announced the plans to turn the Fantastic Beasts story into a trilogy of movies. There’s no denying the obvious audience readying and waiting to go and see the film when it’s released, but there’s likely some trepidation from fans going into the project as well since this will be the first time that Harry, Ron, or Hermione won’t be featured onscreen in a Wizarding World movie. Considering that Rowling herself wrote the screenplay though and has had a considerable amount of involvement in the project as well - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them seems to be in the safest hands possible.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to be released on November 18th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable