2016 is shaping up to be a big year for fans of the Harry Potter franchise, with the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuting in London this summer, and the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hitting theaters this November, set 70 years before Harry Potter ever set foot in Hogwarts. Today we have word from Entertainment Weekly that author J.K. Rowling is debuting a new four-part story on Pottermore.com, entitled Magic in North America. The site has provided a brief video teaser for this new story, which explores important magical historical events in the U.S.
This story will essentially serve as a companion piece to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set in 1920s New York City. This video teaser reveals that the story will cover a number of North American magical topics, such as the American version of Hogwarts, Ilvermorny, the Native American legend of Skinwalkers, the Salem Witch Trials and the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic, the Magical Congress of the United States of America. While it isn't known exactly how this story will connect to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it will certainly give fans plenty of background on U.S. magical history.
The first installment of this four-part story will debut Tuesday, March 8 at 9 AM ET (2 PM GMT), with a new segment being released every day at the same time through Friday, March 11. This news comes over a month after J.K. Rowling revealed the names of four more wizarding schools. Ilvermorny is the American school of witchcraft and wizardry located somewhere on the East Coast, but not in New York City, along with Mahoutokoro in Japan, the African school Uagadou and Castelobruxo in Brazil.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident... were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
The cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is rounded out by Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs, Inherent Vice) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (Dig, Transparent) as Tina's sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (Trainwreck) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (In America, Sweet and Lowdown) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, TV's Ray Donovan) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the Hellboy films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (Selma) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Percival Graves. Take a look at the teaser below, and check back tomorrow for the first part of this new magical story.