Next fall, we all get to return to the Wizarding World in a different time, a different place, and with a different cast of characters thanks to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in what Warner Bros. hopes will be a new series of films set decades before the events of J.K. Rowling's blockbuster Harry Potter saga.
For Warners, the film is a chance to continue to milk the franchise success of Potter, which ended its eight-part saga four years ago. For Rowling, who makes her screenwriting debut with the film, it's a chance to expand on her immensely detailed world of wizards and creatures. In case you haven't been following along, the film is named for a Hogwarts textbook (Rowling authored a version for charity in 2001) that's pretty much the definitive work on magi-zoology. Set in the 1920s, Fantastic Beasts will follow the book's author, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) on his quest to study magical creatures and will give us our first look at wizarding in America.
Unfortunately, we don't know much more than that just yet, but that's about to change. This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly is devoted to a first look at the film and features everything from photos to plot details. Of course, EW's not just going to let have the goods all at once, but today the magazine did unveil the first photos from the film, as well as an intriguing new tidbit of information:
"Beasts stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as world-famous magizoologist Newt Scamander, who embarks on an adventure in 1926 New York. In our cover image, you get a first look at Scamander, his pivotal briefcase in hand, standing inside the entrance of the majestic art deco-influenced Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA), which is the American version of the Ministry of Magic that’s housed inside the Woolworth Building in the film."
I know, that's not a lot of new information, but if you're as big a Potter fan as I am, "Magical Congress of the United States of America" practically gives you chills. Check out that image, plus looks at Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) in the gallery below.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives in theaters Nov. 18, 2016.