When the last film in the Harry Potter series was released almost half a decade ago, a generation of fans went in to mourning for the end of an era. However, five years later, with an upcoming play, script release and potential spin-off movie trilogy, it’s safe to say that we will probably never be done with one of the biggest film franchises of all time. 

While the trailer released back in December teased at the plot – Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) must re-capture magical creatures that have escaped from his magical briefcase – this one reveals more about the other characters and how they might tie-in to the story. Also, 1920s New York City should be a fascinating backdrop for the film and, judging by some of the snippets shown in the trailer, it will certainly be emphasized on more than one occasion.

It looks like this time around, David Yates and J.K. Rowling will be exploring themes that were touched upon in the Harry Potter series, like the relationship between the Wizarding World and the Muggles (or No-Maj as American Muggles are known). Although Rowling is keen to identify Fantastic Beasts as a spin-off, rather than a prequel, the mention of a certain headmaster raises the question of whether the film has more to do with Hogwarts than initially implied.

With an abundance of magical touches in the background, aesthetically pleasing set designs and a seemingly perfect casting choice in Redmayne as Scamander (he can play bumbling genius so well), it’s going to be a long 7-month wait.

The magic continues 18th November.

Sarah Quraishi

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Image from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, Warner Bros.

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