Fantastic Beasts Trailer Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Trailer review)

Warner Bros. announced in 2013 that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off from the Harry Potter books, would be getting a movie series of its own. To make matters more exciting, J.K. Rowling later confirmed she would be writing and co-producing the films. Several key figures who worked on the Harry Potter movie franchise have returned to the magical world, including director David Yates, producer David Heyman and screenwriter/producer Steve Kloves.

The first teaser trailer was released this week, hinting at the adventures in store for eager fans. Our protagonist, Newt Scamander, is an eccentric British magizoologist (an expert in magical creatures) who visits New York in the 1920s. Inside his briefcase is an array of magical creatures, all of which escape and cause chaos in the city.


Although the events occur 70 years before Harry’s time at Hogwarts, there are connections here to the infamous movie collection that we’re all-too-familiar with. The trailer opens with the Lumos Maxima spell being uttered into darkness, immediately calling to mind the beginning of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Then we get a short glimpse of Scamander’s sticky situation with the wizarding authorities (also something we have plenty of knowledge about). And of course, we now know that Luna Lovegood went on to marry Scamander’s grandson, Rolf. So while a new story is being told, it’s still easy for us to relate to it.

Not much of the plot is given away, but it looks dramatic and entertaining. It will be intriguing to see the merging of British and American magical people, as well as the customs of American witches and wizards. As a lover of J.K. Rowling’s characters, I can’t wait to become emotionally attached to even more of them.


Directed by: David Yates

Produced by:  J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram

Written by: J.K. Rowling

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell

Release date: 18th November 2016

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