The boy who lived may have seen his storyline neatly tied up at the end of the last Harry Potter movie, but there's so much more of the wizard world left to explore. With that in mind, fans of JK Rowling's magical universe will soon get to go back in time (and across the pond) for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. A new trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff has just landed, and it's clear that the movie will conjure up some serious fun. Check it out below to see for yourself.
That commercial might only be a minute in length, but it goes a long way towards further stoking our excitement for the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff film. Like so many other trailers for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, we see Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander making his way through New York in the 1920's with a suitcase full of bizarre, magical creatures. Eventually, seemingly through a series of unfortunate events, some of these beasts escape, leading Scamander on a chase to get them back, maintain the secrecy of the American wizard world, and prevent a "war" from breaking out. The trailer does a phenomenal job of putting all of the narrative pieces of Fantastic Beasts on the board without really telling us where they will go from here.
Watching this trailer makes it abundantly obvious that Fantastic Beasts will play up the relationship between the wizard world and the muggle one far more than the Harry Potterfranchise ever did. Elements of secrecy will play a major role in the story of the film, and we will get to see a good look at the wizard world through the eyes of a "No Maj," in this case: Dan Fogler's Jacob Kowalski. When he finishes the trailer by saying, "I wanna be a wizard," he's speaking for all of us.
One of the most notable aspects of Fantastic Beasts is the way in which it feels firmly grounded within the Harry Potter universe, while feeling just off-kilter enough to stand on its own. Certain visual styles remain incredibly consistent with what fans have come to expect -- particularly the depiction of magic and spells -- but director David Yates has still endeavored to set the upcoming movie apart from the main wizard world continuity. Nothing epitomizes this idea more than the music used in the trailer, which very clearly takes certain cues from John Williams' now iconic Harry Potter theme while still sounding distinct and wholly unique. That's the way a proper spinoff should feel, after all.
Cinema Blend will bring you all of the latest and greatest news and updates related to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them as more information becomes available to us. The long-awaited Harry Potter spinoff will land in theaters later this year on November 18.