Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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There is a new trailer out for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Without further ado, enjoy the clip right here:

A-ma-zing right? Well, what else did you expect with this potion for fandom-succes?

  1. Crush the New York atmosphere into a very fine powder using the pestle
  2. Stir twice clockwise, and add 4 measures of the 1920s
  3. Heat to a medium temperature
  4. Add the essence of the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter
  5. Leave to brew for 40 minutes
  6. Add a pinch of Eddie Redmayne
  7. Wave your wand to complete the potion
  8. Sit back and watch the fandom go wild…

I must admit, I seriously fangirled myself. I grew up with Harry Potter and have been reading the books since I was 11 years old (as you can probably tell from all of my Harry Potter reviews). This is the first time that I will be watching a movie that has been built upon a franchise but set in a different time frame. I’m excited to see what they’ve made of it. But I’m pretty confident it won’t stray too far from the Harry Potter world we all know and love since J.K. Rowling was very involved and she wrote the script.

(By the way, if you want to see all the clips and teaser videos that have been released so far, check out the Warner Bros. Pictures Youtube channel.)

What is the movie going to be about? Well, remember the day, in the first Harry Potter book, that Harry went shopping in Diagon Alley for everything he required in school? He needed a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Newt Scamander. This movie explores the adventures of that writer in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards in the late 1920s. The events take place seventy years before Harry reads the book in school (by the way, this film will be the first in a trilogy).

If you want more information on the book, check out the Harry Potter wikia of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. If you’d like to know more about the writer himself, then I recommend the wikia entry on Newt Scamander. On Newt Scamander’s Chocolate Frog Card, it reads:

Regarded as the world authority on magical creatures, Newt Scamander is the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts since its publication in 1927 and can be found in most wizarding households.

By the way, here’s another interesting tidbit about Newt’s connection to Harry Potter’s world: Newt married Porpentia (who he met while in New York, so she’ll be featured int he movie as well). They had a grandson named Rolf Scamander, who married … Luna Lovegood! These two had twin boys, Lorcan and Lysander Scamander, Newt’s great-grandchildren.

Like I said, because of Rowling’s involvement, I have a really good feeling about this movie and can’t wait to see what they’ve done with it. Are you as excited as I am? Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments!

And do not forget this date!

Release date: 16 November 2016

As always, happy reading!

Loes M.

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