In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.
'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' was originally the name of a textbook which was mentioned in passing in 'The Philosopher’s Stone'. This was during the time Harry Potter had first joined Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 4 years later, it has been published as a book in the real world by prolific writer J.K Rowling. However, the movie has been credited to Newt Scamander who is magi zoologist and a fictional author as well. He authored the book in 1927 and his portrait hangs in the study of Dumbledore. The book describes eighty-five magical species (as documented over his many years of traveling the globe) that exist all over the wizarding world. Scamander introduced a number of major parts of magical legislation during the time he served at the Ministry of Magic’s Beast Division. This was inclusive of the 1965 ban imposed on experimental breeding of magical creatures and the 1947 Werewolf Registry.
The plot of this incredible movie is set in the city of New York back in the year 1926 and is as follows: The film begins with the arrival of Newt Scamander in New York City where a No-Maj who is a human by the name Jacob Kowalski accidentally releases the monsters contained in his suitcase. Scamander was essentially making a short stop after concluding his many travels around the globe to carry out research on his book of Magizoology. These monsters proceed to inflict terror on Manhattan and instigate a serious conflict between the No-Maj population and the Maj population. The wizards battle to contain the mayhem being experienced in Manhattan and still juggle the politics of the world of wizarding, Newt Scamander exposes Jacob Kowalski on an epic journey in the magical world of America. All this happens at a time when the state of non-magical and magical relations in the United States of America are tense because of the New Salem Philanthropic Society’s presence. This is a fanatical extremist group that passionately advocates for both the eradication of wizard kind and Second Salem. The film happens over a 2-day time period.
Director David Yates said: 'Fantastic Beasts is a fish out of water story of an Englishmen in New York. And you get this wonderful juxtaposition between the two cultures because there are very different rules and politics in the American wizarding world'
Cast and crew
This movie strays away from the normal cast of 'Harry Potter' movies as it brings on board new faces and fresh blood in a bid to deliver a masterpiece to the thirsty Harry Potter fanatics. The chemistry and commitment of the cast and crew promise eager Harry Potter fan an exciting and mind blowing experience on its debut date i.e. 18th November 2016.
The full movie cast comprises of talented individuals and they include Eddie Redmayne as the character Newt Scamanda, Katherine Waterston who plays the role of Tina, Dan Fogler playing Jacob, Ezra Miller who takes the role of Credence, Alison Sudol as the character Queenie, Samantha Morton takes up the role of Mary Lou Barebone, Jon Voight who plays Henry Shaw, Sr. Ron Perlman plays Gnarlack, Jenn Murray who picks up the role of Chastity, Carmen Ejogo as the character Seraphina Picquery, Faith Wood-Blagrove takes the role of Modesty, Colin Farrell who plays the role of Percival Graves and Zoe Kravitz.The movie crew list is made up of some of the best acts in the business and they include David Yates as the main director and J.K Rowling as the screenwriter. Other directors include David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling and Lionel Wigram. The list of executive producers consists of creative minds such as Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Tim Lewis. The film editor is non-other than Mark Day, the production design is handled by Stuart Craig and the costume designer is Colleen Atwood.
'Fantastic Beasts' cast: Katherine Waterston as Porpentina - Tina Goldstein, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski
This film has David Yates as its director and several producers such as David Heyman, Lionel Wigram, Steve Kloves and J.K. Rowling. David Yates has also directed blockbusters such as 'Half-Blood Prince', 'Order of the Phoenix', 'Deathly Hallows' Part 1 and 2 and 'The Legend of Tarzan' that was released earlier in the year. The cinematographer is Philippe Rousellot whose past works include 'Interview With The Vampire', 'Dangerous Liaisons', 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Big Fish', 'The Nice Guys' and 'Beautiful Creatures'. The film’s composer is James Newton Howard who worked on the whole saga of 'Hunger Games', 'Signs', 'The Sixth Sense', 'Water for Elephants', 'Peter Pan', 'The Dark Knight' and 'Batman Begins'. The script consultant was Steve Kloves who has been a screenwriter for seven out of a total eight of the 'Harry Potter' movies.
'Niffler' is one of the fantastic creatures
The movie is set to be released on 18th Novembers 2016 and has genres revolving around fantasy, family and adventure. It will be produced in the English language with UK and USA being the country of origin. The movie has a live action production method and is from the Harry Potter franchise. The movie is produced by Warner Bros and is a spin-off. It has a MPAA rating of PG-13 due to some fantasy action violence. It will be in 3D format and the recent IMAX 4K Laser System. Its estimated budget is an astounding $200 million making it among the top high budget movies of 2016 alongside 'Batman v Superman', 'Independence Day: Resurgence', 'Alice Through The Looking Glass', 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', 'Warcraft', 'Suicide Squad', 'Finding Dory', 'The Jungle Book' and 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.
Latest news / gossip
On 24th October 2016 Empire released its latest newsstand cover for the amazing wizarding movie. In the center and a front is Eddie Redmayne or Newt Scamander clutching a mysterious wand and suitcase. There is a little beast called Bowtruckle in his pocket. There is Dan Fogler also known as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol who plays Queenie Goldstein, Katherine Waterston who takes the role of Porpentina Goldstein and lastly Colin Farrell who plays the character of Percival Graves respectively from left to right.
This movie is a sure way to bring back the excitement to Harry Potter fans from different corners of the world as it promises both a fan and magical time, so dust your hands and rehearse your spells in preparation for November the 18th. The best part is that this is just the first movie as there is a second and third both in the months of November in 2018 and 2020 respectively. With all the great cast and the investment put into the production of this movie, there is no doubt that this is going to be a breathtaking movie for many Harry Potter fans.
Watch as a new era of magic begins in this first look at the tale from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World that started it all! "Fantastic Beasts" is in theaters November 18th, 2016.