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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first of an upcoming trilogy of films based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, one of the companion books to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.[4] Rowling will make her screen writing debut with this film.[5] David Heyman, who produced the Harry Potter films, will be returning as producer for Fantastic Beasts.[2]

It is set in New York in 1926, seventy years before the Harry Potter series, and will feature Newton Scamander as a main character.[6] Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them tells us that Scamander had been travelling the world in research of magical creatures since 1918, culminating with the publication of his masterpiece in 1927.

Warner Bros approached Rowling about using the book for a film, from which she pitched "an idea that [she] couldn't dislodge".[4] Upon returning to Harry Potter for the first time since 2007, Rowling commented: "I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it."[4] She stated that the idea of seeing Scamander "realised by another author was difficult," hence her decision to be the film's screenwriter.

Production for the film began at Leavesden on 17 August, 2015.[7]

On 13 May, 2014, it was announced the first film will be released on 18 November, 2016.[3] On 26 April 2016, it was announced that the script of the first film would be released in book form on 19 November 2016.[8]

Synopsis

Part of the synopsis was first revealed on 6 October, 2014, when J. K. Rowling posted the cryptic message "Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense." on her official Twitter account.[9]  She confirmed the following day that this message was a riddle, and the solution, while not part of the script, was the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt Scamander's story.[10]  The anagram was solved later that day, with Rowling confirming the solution of "Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours."[11]

The film's first official synopsis was released on 11 December, 2015:[6]

"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 plot revolves around Newt Scamander, who was making a brief stop in New York in December[12] 1926, shortly after completing his travels around the world to research for his Magizoology book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. What was meant to be a short interlude is prolonged when a No-Maj called Jacob Kowalski inadvertently disrupts Newt's magically-expanded suitcase, releasing a number of dangerous magical creatures into the city and threatening to worsen even further the state of magical and non-magical relations in the United States (which were already tense due to the presence of a fanatical extremist group, the New Salem Philanthropic Society, advocating for a "Second Salem" and the erradication of wizardkind).

The film will take place over the course of two days.[12]

Characters

The following is a list of characters confirmed to appear in the first film of the trilogy, most of whom (as of now, the only known exceptions are Newt Scamander and Porpentina Goldstein, who are mentioned on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book) are completely original to this work and never mentioned anywhere else in canon before.

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The four main characters: Tina Goldstein, Newt Scamander, Queenie Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski

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Percival Graves, Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America

FB CoHP Seraphina

Seraphina Picquery, Magical Congress of the United States of America official

Beasts

The following is a list of beasts confirmed to appear in the first film of the trilogy.

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Behind the scenes

  • At the origin, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was supposed to be a faux documentary about Newton Scamander.[41]
  • Jacob Kowalski is the Harry Potter franchise’s first main Muggle character.[42]
  • Albus Dumbledore is mentioned in the film; he was one of Newt's teachers at Hogwarts, and the only one to speak out against his expulsion.
  • Gellert Grindelwald, and the intensifying of an international manhunt for him, is mentioned in the film as a story on the cover of The New York Ghost newspaper.
  • On set, the unknown creature wreaking havoc was only referred to as an Obscurus[43], a likely reference to Obscurus Books the publisher of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
  • David Yates has said that a character that already appeared in the Harry Potter film series will appear in the second film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them.[44]
  • David Heyman has said that originally he and producer Lionel Wigram were thinking the film was only going to be "a documentary about Newt" until Rowling somehow found out and told them she had thought about a different kind of film already.[45]

Notes and references

  1. WB names David Yates ‘Fantastic Beasts’ director
  2. 2.0 2.1 David Heyman confirms he will produce "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" film - SnitchSeeker.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 The world of Harry Potter returns to the big screen as WB's FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM drops Nov. 18, 2016. by Exhibitor Relations on Twitter
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "JK Rowling to write new Harry Potter-inspired film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" at The Independent
  5. "JK Rowling to pen Harry Potter spin-off film" at BBC News
  6. 6.0 6.1 "First 'Fantastic Beasts' trailer arriving December 15, first synopsis released!" at Hypable
  7. FantasticBeastsMovies.com - Filming to Begin August 17th
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay announcement
  9. Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  10. #helpfulhint The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt's story. It isn't part of the script, but sets the scene. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  11. .@EmyBemy2 YES!!!!!!!!!!!! People, we have a winner! by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: 43 Things to Know about the New Wizarding World Story
  13. Eddie Redmayne officially joins Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Will Robinson on Entertainment Weekly
  14. 'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Finds Its Female Lead at The Hollywood Reporter
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 "'Fantastic Beasts' characters revealed: An auror, a 'Second Salemer,' and more" at Hypable
  16. "'Fantastic Beasts': 'Secret and Lies' Actor Dan Fogler Joins 'Harry Potter' Spinoff" at Variety.com
  17. "'Harry Potter" Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' to Star Singer-Songwriter Alison Sudol" at The Hollywood Reporter
  18. "Everything we know about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’" at Boston.com
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 "Announcement Trailer for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' to Be Unveiled Worldwide on December 15th" at BusinessWire
  20. ‘Fantastic Beasts’: Colin Farrell Explains Why He Wanted to Join the ‘Potter’ Universe
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 "Filming Gets Underway on «Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them»" at BusinessWire
  22. Fantastic Beasts' cast talk wands, creatures, Newt & his friends, Salem trials, more" from SnitchSeeker.com
  23. 'Fantastic Beasts' film casts Jon Voight's son, Senator Henry Shaw, Seraphina rumoured at SnitchSeeker
  24. "Video: Scene Being Filmed (UPDATED)" from FantasticBeastsMovies.com
  25. "Pottermore Set Report #3" from FantasticBeastsMovies.com
  26. Casting call for 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' - warnerbros.co.uk
  27. Fantastic Beasts actress chosen from open auditions
  28. "Ron Perlman talks 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Fantastic Beasts' at RI Comic Con" from The Telegram
  29. "Fanny Carbonnel Cast As Mrs Goldstein" at FantasticBeastsMovies.com
  30. ""Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Roundup: Goodbye, Liverpool?" at Mugglenet
  31. ""Fantastic Beasts" Roundup: Alison Sudol Meets Dumbledore, plus J.K. Rowling On Set!"" at Mugglenet
  32. "'Harry Potter' Spin-Off 'Fantastic Beasts' Casts Jon Voight (Exclusive)" at The Hollywood Reporter
  33. "Edd Osmond Cast As Demiguise" at FantasticBeastsMovies.com
  34. 'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Adds Zoe Kravitz (Exclusive)
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 35.6 "The Beasts" at FantasticBeasts.com
  36. Pottermore - We built the Fantastic Beasts cast around Eddie Redmayne, says director David Yates
  37. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them panel at Comic Con 2016
  38. German Interview by filmstarts.de
  39. [1]
  40. [2]
  41. Fantastic Beasts plot unveiled: Here's what the movie's about
  42. ‘Fantastic Beasts’ characters revealed: An auror, a ‘Second Salemer,’ and more
  43. SpeakBeasty Podcast interview with Mitchell Thornton
  44. Second 'Fantastic Beasts' movie coming in November 2018, studio says
  45. Fantastic Beasts’ Was Originally Considered as a Documentary-Style Film
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