FAN­TAS­TIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

How the Pot­ter pre­quel’s look­ing.

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WEL­COME BACK TO THE WIZARDIN G WORLD

Warner Bros con­jured eight movies out of seven Harry Pot­ter nov­els, cre­at­ing the se­cond high­est gross­ing movie fran­chise in his­tory. But the stu­dio is clearly hun­gry for more, hence this Pot­ter pre­quel set decades be­fore Harry’s par­ents were even born...

ROW LING’ S RE­TURN

A new story? Sounds risky… How­ever the fact that JK Rowl­ing her­self has writ­ten the script sug­gests that we’re in safe hands, as does the fact that it in­volves sev­eral Pot­ter veter­ans. David Heyman pro­duces, Steve Kloves co- writes, and David Yates, who helmed Harry’s fi­nal four flicks, di­rects. They all know their Mug­gles from their Man­drakes.

BY THE­BOOK

While Fan­tas­tic Beasts doesn’t have a novel be­hind it, it is based on a book. In 2001, Rowl­ing pub­lished a pair of wiz­ard­ing texts: Quid­ditch Through The Ages and Fan­tas­tic Beasts And Where To Find Them. In terms of con­tent, the film is very dif­fer­ent, bor­row­ing only the ti­tle, al­though David Heyman has re­vealed that at one point they con­sid­ered mak­ing the film as a fake doc­u­men­tary.

UNLEASHINGTHE BEAST S

We’ve only seen the briefest of glimpses of the film so far, but what we know is this: Newt Sca­man­der – au­thor of many of Harry’s text­books – is vis­it­ing New York in the ’ 20s. He brings with him a brief­case that’s di­men­sion­ally tran­scen­den­tal, as the Doc­tor might say, and ac­ci­den­tally un­leashes a horde of mag­i­cal crit­ters on the un­sus­pect­ing city.

THE MON­STER SQUAD

GQ’s Best Dressed Man 2016, Ed­die Red­mayne, will be tak­ing the lead as Newt, in the States for an im­por­tant mag­i­cal congress when the su­per­nat­u­ral SNAFU oc­curs. He’ll have some heavy­weight tal­ent back­ing him up in the form of Inherent Vice’s Kather­ine Water­ston, Sa­man­tha Mor­ton, Ron Perl­man and Colin Far­rell.

IT MEANS“BUM­BLE­BEE”

While this is a new story there may be ties to the orig­i­nal. Al­though most of the orig­i­nal char­ac­ters aren’t alive yet, Al­bus Dum­ble­dore is. The wizard would have been been in his mid- for­ties at that point. Sir Michael Gam­bon is three decades older than that, but has stated that he’d be keen to re­turn to the se­ries, per­haps as Dum­ble­dore’s father, Per­ci­val.

BORN TO BE BAD

No word, as yet, on if we will see any­thing of prime Pot­ter an­tag­o­nist, Tom Rid­dle – aka Lord Volde­mort. Cer­tainly, if he does ap­pear it could only be the most fleet­ing of cameos – the film takes place in 1926 and Rid­dle is said to have been born on New Year’s Eve that year. Per­haps we’ll see more of him in the two planned se­quels...

WHEN TO EX­PECT IT?

You can find the fan­tas­tic beasts on 18 Novem­ber, The Hunger Games’ tra­di­tional slot.

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