‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes of the Harry Potter Prequel



The first official behind-the-scenes look at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been unveiled.

The film follows follows Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, the man who wrote the titular textbook Potter will read at Hogwarts seventy years later. Having just completed a trip around the world, Newt arrives in New York for what is to be a brief stopover, but a serious of unfortunate events lead to trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Fantastic Beasts marks J.K. Rowling’s first produced screenplay, and Warner Bros. is certainly banking on the film to start off a new franchise. Visually speaking, Harry Potter fans look to be in the right hands, with the film’s handsome sets and costumes firmly in the same vein, and 4-time Harry Potter film director David Yates back at the helm.

Yates, by the way, has certainly been busy. Not only does he have Fantastic Beasts coming out later this year, he’s got The Legend of Tarzan set for U.S. release on July 1.

The featurette below introduces the film’s lead cast, which includes Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler, and gives us snippets of footage from the film and behind the scenes. You can also see Colin Farrell as a character named Graves.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, also starring Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Jenn Murray, and Faith Wood-Blagrove, will be hitting the U.S. on November 18.

Synopsis for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

“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.