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If you're a serious Harry Potter fan, then you're probably looking forward to seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You're probably looking forward to it so much, that you don't really want to wait for its official release. The good news is you may not have to wait, and even better, you can make your first screening even more special by seeing Fantastic Beasts with screenwriter J.K. Rowling and star Eddie Redmayne. Tickets are a tad more expensive then your average full price IMAX though. At this point, you'll need to spend at least $100. More if you don't live in New York City. It's all for a good cause, however, as the event is a fundraiser for Rowling's charity, Lumos.
While the official release date of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is November 18, J.K. Rowling has put together a special event at New York's Carnegie Hall to screen the film on November 12. The event will benefit Lumos, the charity which benefits children in orphanages, started by Rowling herself. Following the screening, there will be a Q-and-A that will include both Rowling and Eddie Redmayne, who portrays Newt Scamander in the film. While initially there were a wide variety of price points available between $25 and $1,000, both the cheapest and most expensive tickets have already sold out. As of this writing, only tickets between $100 and $500 remain.
While certainly, this is not a cheap event, for the right fan of the Wizarding World, you can't really have a better first time viewing experience than this. You get to see the movie early, get to see J.K. Rowling and Eddie Redmayne. In addition, the film will be introduced by its director, David Yates and other members of the cast. Of course, for anybody outside of New York City, there are also the travel costs that would be necessary to attend, but if you had the money, there are certainly worse ways to spend it.
We would fully expect this event to completely sell out long before November, so if you're interested, grab your tickets NOW and figure out how you're going to attend later. It's likely a once in a lifetime event. At least until the next movie taking place in the world of Harry Potter comes out.
The rest of us muggles will have to wait a few more days to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it hits screens a few days later. So, who's buying tickets to this right now? Also, can we come with you?