Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Sneak Peek Featurette


added: Thu, Oct 13th '16

New York City just got a little more magical, thanks to "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling and her highly-anticipated New York-set, "Potter" spin-off movie, in which she's getting a chance to explore the magical history that, up until now, has only been talked about in the "Potter" books.

Featuring new footage from the first offshoot film set in the "Potter" universe (the first of a now planned five-film series), check out a brand-new sneak peek featurette for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which premiered Thursday during a global fan event.

"In the 1920s, magic developed very differently in America," Rowling says in the above clip, which offers a bit more detail about the American side of the wizarding world. It seems witches and wizards in 1920s America were not only living in hiding but also living in fear of persecution from a strong anti-magic sentiment.

"Because of this tension, (America's) wizarding world is in a state of high alert," says Rowling. So, when absent-minded magi-zoologist Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) comes to New York from England and accidently lets his pack of captured magical creatures free, the tensions in the city immediately go from high-alert to red-alert. All the while, an untold conspiracy gradually unfolds.

"This is new material," Rowling explains. "We're talking about the first time a wizard rose and threatened the world order. This is always where I was interested in going. This is what I wanted to do"

"Fantastic Beasts" also stars Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Carmen Ejogo, Samantha Morton, and Ezra Miller. It arrives on November 18.

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.


directed by   David Yates

starring   Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Ron Perlman, Gemma Chan, Jon Voight

release date   November 18, 2016

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