The first trailer for upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is officially here, and while it doesn’t show much on the surface, it’s full of enough Easter eggs to keep die-hard Potterheads happy until the release of the full trailer in a few months.
The film is written by J.K. Rowling, who everyone knows as the author of the absurdly popular Harry Potter novels, and directed by David Yates, who directed the last four installments in the Harry Potter film franchise. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them tells the adventure of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them casts its spell in theaters on November 18, 2016.
Now, for all of you non Potterheads lets break down the trailer, shall we…..
The clip begins with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) casting the “Lumos Maxima” spell seen in the “Potter” series, then dives into the Magical Congress of the United States of America (I’m assuming this is the U.S.’s version of the Ministry of Magic), where Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) appears to be carrying Newt’s case. That case is crucial to Newt’s work studying and collecting magical creatures — and unfortunately, as Tina reports to the Congress, it’s been opened, and some of its contents have escaped.
According to Pottermore, Tina is speaking with Seraphina (Carmen Ejogo), who appears to have some sort of leadership role in the Congress — and she doesn’t seem pleased that Newt’s specimens are now roaming around New York City. Apparently, the Congress is even more secretive than the Ministry when it comes to Newt’s mishap, he’s all in a lot of trouble.
In addition to those characters, there are quick glimpses of a few other key players in the flick, including an auror named Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) and Jacob (Dan Fogler), who appears to be Newt’s new assistant. There’s also a scene featuring Newt taking a quick peek inside his case, though viewers can only hear, not see, its contents. Still, it’s enough of a taste to intrigue us. And that last bit of music riffing on the familiar “Potter” theme is chill-inducing, to say the least. We can’t wait for more.