Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Director: David Yates Screenwriter: J.K. Rowling Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell Distributor: Warner Bros. Rated PG | 113 minutes Release Date: November 28, 2016
Though the adventures of Harry Potter may have come to an end, J.K. Rowling’s legacy lives on. Now fans will be getting at five new spinoffs that expand the Harry Potter universe starting with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel that is set decades before the events of the phenomenon that started it all. While I wasn’t a fan of the original books and never really got into the films themselves, Fantastic Beasts is whimsical and fun, and manages to address a few relevant themes that affect us all. One thing is for sure, it will give anyone without any prior knowledge of the books or films a reason to look at why Harry Potter has remained popular all these years.
When news broke that Johnny Depp would not only cameo in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but also appear in its sequel, it led to the speculation that he would be playing Grindelwald. A majority of social media were unhappy with this idea, but the die had already been cast. With four more sequels on the way, we know that Grindelwald’s relationship with Dumbledore, who is being cast as we speak, will play a key role in Fantastic Beasts 2.
Now there is confirmation that Depp will, in fact, be playing as Grindelwald. Check out the full story below.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the first Harry Potter spinoff to be released since the film series came to an end in 2011. The adventures of the spinoff will continue for at least four more films as Warner Bros announced that Fantastic Beasts will be part one of a five-part series. Announcements like those are not entirely uncommon as studios have a tendency to confirm sequels and larger franchises based on how the film is testing.
Another good measurement of success is how well the film tracks, and according to new reports, the Harry Potter-spinoff is on course to have a $75 million opening in the US. Check out the full story below.
After the release of eight Harry Potter films, Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are now venturing into the wizardry world of spinoff sequels. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them centers on Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist arriving in mid-1920s New York for a brief stop after documenting fantastic beasts around the globe. However, a no-maj (the American version of a muggle) accidentally lets the beasts loose. The studio just held a global fan event where attendees got to see a sneak peek of the upcoming film. But that wasn’t the only surprise. News broke that there will be a total of five Fantastic Beast films that will be released in the future.
It’s real easy to see why everyone is excited for another Harry Potter film. Though his story has ended, the franchise will continue to live on through spinoffs and prequels.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first of those films, centering on Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) a Magizoologist of the early 1920s, whose works helped inspire the textbook seen in the first Harry Potter film. Now the film will give us a look at his adventures. But before all of that could happen, Warner Brothers is pleased to announce that they will be holding a free global fan event in 18 major cities around the world. More on the story and a video below.