‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Will Be Like One Very Specific ‘Harry Potter’ Film

By November 20, 2015

With the movie officially less than one year away from its theatrical release, and filming still underway in London, it looks like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the upcoming prequel to the Harry Potter franchise, is beginning to take form. After a slew of new images, story details, and character and creature details were revealed from the production just a few weeks ago, news from the film has gone slightly quiet in the time since, leaving fans anxiously awaiting the next surge in promotional materials.

Despite being linked to the Potter franchise by name and world though, it seems more and more like Fantastic Beasts will actually be setting out to tell a much different story than the previous eight films. Tonally, the film appears much lighter in nature and whimsy than the last few Potter films as well, and with a cast of mostly American actors, set in 1920s New York City as well, it seems like Harry Potter fans can look forward to a much different experience than what they might have expected previously.

While recently speaking with Entertainment Weekly as well, Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman revealed that the movie’s tone and story will be more in line with the fourth film in the Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, than any of the other seven films. Read his full quote below.

”Mike [Newell] talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical — and it’s not that, but it’s got the humor of that film. It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humor, that very human, natural character comedy… [Beasts] is very funny, it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.”

Now, this will likely come as either good or bad news depending on what kind of Potter fan you are, as both the novel and film adaptation seemed to have divided fans in the years since their release. As someone who loves the original novel, and really enjoys the fourth film though, I actually think this is pretty good news. In a way too, it is fairly obvious that Beasts would share similarities with Goblet of Fire, as that installment of the franchise not only began to take Harry and his friends into uncharted, adult territory, but also featured some of the best comedy of the series as well.

The book is mostly remembered by fans as the big turning point in the franchise, when Voldemort returned and Harry’s previous life and death encounters began to look more and more like child’s play from there on out. I don’t quite think there will be a scene on the same magnitude or level of darkness as the graveyard sequence in Goblet though, as the film follows magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), when he accidentally releases a number of glorious, magical creatures onto the streets of New York City, where the wizarding world is living in secret following the Salem Witch Trials.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will 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