FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
How the Potter prequel’s looking.
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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.
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.
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.