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First Look at Harry Potter Prequel ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Has your thirst for wizardry yet to be quenched?  Want to learn more about the famous world of Harry Potter?  Fortunately for you, the magic is coming back to the big screen next year with the prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ The movie is based on J.K. Rowling’s 2001 encyclopaedia beastanica, which describes the magical creatures living among the world of wizardry and takes place in New York 70 years before the events of the following Harry Potter series.

Fantastic Beasts stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) as a world-famous magizoologist Newt Scamander and his adventures involving an American Wizarding school similar to Hogwarts, with rumors that the film will also visit the Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA), which is essentially the U.S. equivalent of the Ministry of Magic.

Alongside Redmayne, the film will feature Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs), Colin Farrell (True Detective) and Samantha Morton (Minority Report). Interestingly, the adaptation was written by Rowling herself, marking her first ever screenplay. It will be directed by David Yates who lead the last four Harry Potter movies.

Here are some promotional images to give you a sense of what to look forward to, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

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The film is set to hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2016, with two more sequels planned to later establish a trilogy.  If that isn’t enough HP for you, J.K. Rowling also has an upcoming stage play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which takes place after Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows and depicts a storyline that follows an adult Harry and his youngest son, Albus.  The play will come to London in June of 2016.

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