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While the story of Harry Potter may be over, minus a stage play or two, that doesn't mean that J.K. Rowling is done giving us movies in the Wizarding World. Check out some new clips as the screenwriter takes a closer look at the lead character of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Originally, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and its author Newt Scamander, were just names of a book and an author inside the Harry Potter novels. Now, J.K. Rowling herself has written the screenplay in order to bring these characters to life. This new featurette has the writer talking a bit about the character of Newt Scamander and who he is. Rowling says that she likes to write about characters who feel set apart from the rest of the world. While Harry Potter was set apart due to things that happened when he was an infant, which he had no control over, which set him up as a chosen one, it appears Newt's separation is much more something that many people can relate to. There doesn't seem to be a reason that he doesn't feel at home among people, he just doesn't, preferring the company of the creatures in his case.
One of the highlights of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is expected to be the interaction with all these creatures. A couple of sequences in the featurette introduce us to the fact that herbology (dealing with magical plants) is one of Newt Scamander's particular talents. This includes meeting some sort of plant-based creature.
In addition to some new footage, we also got a bit more detail about the story of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While we already knew the basic story, that the film would follow Newt Scamander's attempts to recapture a collection of his magical creatures who have escaped, we now know that it's Dan Fogler's character Jacob who is the one who, inadvertently, opens the magic case and releases them. Whether Jacob is brought along on the quest to get them back, or whether he insinuates himself, is not clear. Jacob is the first main character in a Harry Potter-related film who isn't a witch or wizard, thus he will be the audience stand-in, who's obviously in over his head.
We're certainly looking forward to a trip back to the Wizarding World. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits screens in November.