Warner Bros.' beloved Harry Potter franchise came to an end back in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, and while it remains uncertain if we'll ever see the magician on the big screen again, fans will get a different glimpse at this magical world next year. The studio is releasing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them next November, which is currently in production and is set 70 years before Harry Potter and his friends ever set foot in Hogwarts. Entertainment Weekly spoke with David Heyman, a producer on all eight Harry Potter, who revealed that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is most comparable to the fourth Potter movie, 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, directed by Mike Newell.
"[Fantastic Beasts has] got the charm of the fourth. It's like the fourth. Mike talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical - and it's not that, but it's got the humor of that film. It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humor, that very human, natural character comedy. And now (director) David (Yates) is always looking for truthful, human moments, it's never just a gag, he's grounding [the storytelling moments] in a reality. [Beasts] is very funny, it's got a big heart, and there's darkness too."
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them centers on Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), the wizarding world's preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures. The story takes place in the 1920s, years before Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione made their way to the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft. Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will become a text book that is used by the students in their studies.
Katherine Waterston's Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein and Alison Sudol's Queenie Goldstein are the two female leads of the movie, magical sisters who encounter Newt Scamander during his travels in New York, while Dan Fogler's Jacob Kowalski is a "muggle" (non-magician) who befriends Newt in the Big Apple. The supporting cast includes Ezra Miller as Credence, Samantha Morton as Mary Lou, Jenn Murray as Chastity, young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty and Colin Farrell as the wizard Graves. Ron Perlman also recently signed on to play a goblin, with Gemma Chan, Jon Voight and Carmen Ejogo coming aboard for unspecified roles.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, is directing from a script by J.K. Rowling, who makes her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter features, will produce alongside J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. What do you think about these new plot details? Are you more excited now for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?