Enroll in Brakebills University with 3+ mins of new footage from Syfy's The Magicians

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Oct 20, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT (Updated)

Along with all the sci-fi fare currently in the pipeline, Syfy is also taking a shot at a new fantasy series in early 2016. Here’s a sneak peek.

Dubbed The Magicians, the series is based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling books of the same name. The early footage has looked intriguing, and the easiest log line is basically a more grown-up spin on Harry Potter. The series will follow a group of young magicians as they come to grips with their power and try to save humanity from magical threats. Yeah, could be fun.

The footage here gives us a feel for the tone and some of the characters, and it looks great. The series is part of a larger push by Syfy (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) to upgrade its offerings of sci-fi and fantasy. The Magicians joins other high-profile projects such as Childhood’s End and The Expanse, all of which will hit the airwaves in 2016.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, Aquarius) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) and Summer Bishil (Towelhead, Lucky 7) also star in this one hour drama.

Check out the trailer below:


The Magicians is set to premiere on Syfy in January 2016.

(Via Syfy)