Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the first teaser trailer for J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in the same universe as Harry Potter, but decades earlier in 1920s New York City. It’s based on the 54-page Harry Potter spin-off book about a textbook studied by Hogwarts students, following the beast-studying expeditions of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).
Here’s a synopsis, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:
Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander […] comes to New York […] with his trusty weathered case. This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles […] and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK (remember the Salem witch trials?). Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous… get out of their case.
Strap in, Warner plans to make three movies from this 54-page book. Definite Hobbit vibes there, and not just because it’s filled with fancy accents, high cheekbones, and monsters. But this time it’s different. This one has Colin Farrell as a wizard.
(Via Warner Bros. Pictures)