‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ First Trailer Revealed

By December 15, 2015

Despite being in the midst of production in London right now, Warner Bros. has officially unveiled the first official trailer for next year’s Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Penned by Potter creator J.K. Rowling, and taking place almost seventy years before the events of the previous franchise, Fantastic Beasts follows the story of Newt Scamander, a famed magizoologist who accidentally unleashes some of his captured magical creatures onto the streets of 1920s New York City.

The trailer’s release comes just a few weeks after the first official images from the film too, where we also learned interesting new story and character details as well. Featuring an all-star cast including Eddie Redmayne as Newt, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler, and more – Fantastic Beasts is set to show Potter fans a part of the Wizarding World that they’ve never seen before.

Check out the trailer below:

Here’s the film’s official synopsis as well:

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.  Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

The trailer doesn’t show you all that much predictably, but considering we’re still almost a full year out from the film’s theatrical release, I’m more than okay with what we got where. What we got too, was fairly intriguing. Interestingly enough, the trailer featured more from Waterston’s Porpentina Goldstein than anyone else, as she reports about the incident involving Newt and his case of magical creatures to the Magical Congress of the United States of America, led by Carmen Ejogo’s character it looks like.

The trailer has a surprisingly dark tone considering some of the previous comments from the film’s producers and cast members, but that familiar charm and world-building from Rowling is evident from the beginning, as Redmayne’s Newt whispers “Lumos Maxima“, which is reminiscent of the iconic opening to Alfonso Cuaron’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Honestly, I was going to like this trailer no matter what though, and I’m not even going to try and hide the clear bias I have towards this franchise. I’m ready to return to this world, and Fantastic Beasts looks like one hell of a re-entry point.

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