‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Official Story Details Unveiled

By November 5, 2015

In keeping with the recent trend of news and reveals, EW has officially unveiled some new story and plot details for next year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be the first in a trilogy of new Harry Potter spin-off films. Following the debut of the movie’s logo earlier this week, and our very first look at Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander as well as several other new images from the film, it looks like our daily dose of Harry Potter goodness is far from being over.

While yesterday’s images offered fans their first look at the movie’s costumes and look, it also gave us some new information regarding Scamander’s character in the film, with several of the images alluding to some pretty crazy hijinks our lead Magizoologist will be getting into throughout the film. However, several of them also featured Newt running (and posing) around New York City with his wand in one hand, and a mysterious-looking briefcase in the other.

Turns out – as we probably should have expected with a new Harry Potter film – that’s not just a normal briefcase either.

This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles (who are called “No-Maj” in the States) and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK (remember the Salem witch trials?). Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous … get out of their case.

So before Hermione had her incredibly useful beaded handbag (equipped with an undetectable extension charm), Newt had his briefcase. Only it seems like he might not be as careful with his exhibit as he probably should be, and the idea of seeing some crazy new and interesting magical creatures running (and probably flying) around a 1920s New York City is more than enough to make this Harry Potter fan jump up and down with glee.

The details also reference a heightened level of fear amongst the wizarding community of being discovered in America, with the possible punishments being even worse than in the UK, and it sounds like those who might have guessed “no-maj” (the American word for Muggle) was used as a slur than actual term, might be right after all. With the secrecy surrounding the American Wizarding Community on extra lockdown by the time the film starts though, something tells me Newt is going to make some big allies and enemies when his case of creatures is released.

EW also revealed some new official character descriptions for several of the film’s lead characters as well. Check them out below:

  • Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scramander: An eccentric globe-hopping English “magizoologist” wizard who’s far more comfortable around beasts and creatures than he is around other people. Comes to New York on a quest with his case full of magical habitats containing rare and endangered species.
  • Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein: An ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (aka MACUSA, the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic) who meets Newt. Tina is relegated to an office well below her abilities after she stood up for the wrong person. She longs to fight for what’s right.
  • Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein: Tina’s younger sister and roommate, a big-hearted free-spirit “legilimens” who can read minds.
  • Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski: An optimistic No-Maj (aka Muggle) factory worker/aspiring baker who gets introduced to the wizarding world when he meets Newt. Fun fact: He’s the Harry Potter franchise’s first Muggle main character.
  • Colin Farrell as Graves: A powerful auror and the right-hand man of the American wizarding world’s president.
  • Samantha Morton as Mary Lou: The narrow-minded leader of the fanatical Second Salemers, a group looking to expose and destroy wizards and witches.
  • Ezra Miller as Credence: Perhaps the cast’s most mysterious character. He’s Mary Lou’s troubled adopted son.

Okay, so I’m going to do my absolute best not to write the rest of this piece in ALL CAPS because there isn’t a single shred of information in these new details that I don’t absolutely love. Dan Fogler as the franchise’s first main muggle character? Awesome. Alison Sudol as a skilled “legilimens”? Yes, please. Ezra Miller as a troubled adopted son? Sure, he’s done that before. Katherine freakin’ Waterston as a magical congresswoman? Incredible… and Colin Farrell as an American auror? This cannot possibly get any better.

Listen, Fantastic Beasts might not have been the Harry Potter story we were looking for or expecting to get, but it seems just as magical and passionate as any of the other Wizarding World stories we’ve gotten from J.K. up until this point, and I for one – cannot wait to see what she has in store for us this time around. Something tells me we’re all going to be smiling when we sit down in our theatre seats this time next year.

Did I mention that Colin Farrell will be playing an American auror? I honestly never thought such a perfect combination of words would ever exist.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theatres 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