Anticipation is high surrounding the theatrical release of the Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film is based on the first screenplay written by Harry Potter creator/author J.K. Rowling and is directed by Harry Potter film franchise alum David Yates (whose most recent directorial effort was The Legend of Tarzan). With the original Harry Potter movies getting an IMAX theatrical re-relase to further build up excitement for Fantastic Beasts, fans of Rowling’s much beloved Wizarding World are no doubt eager to see just what kinds of wonder and magic await in the upcoming spinoff.
Judging by its final official trailer, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them appears able to manage all of the weight of fans’ expectations; at the same time, introducing several important new characters and supporting players to the cinematic Wizarding World. Fantastic Beasts’ Oscar-winning lead Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) headlines the film as one such character, in Newt Scamander – who, along with several others, now has his own official character poster too.
Courtesy of EW, that batch of official character posters for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them offers potential viewers a closer look at the new film’s colorful cast of characters, magical and non-magical alike. Redmayne and co-star Katherine Waterston (Steven Jobs) look quite dashing as acclaimed magizoologist Newt Scamander and American Auror Porpentina Goldstein, respectively and the rest of the cast appear to fill out their supporting roles nicely as well. Check out those and the other posters, below:
The Fantastic Beasts cast, as the above posters illustrate, is rounded out by such names as Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Alison Sudol (Transparent), Dan Fogler (The Goldbergs), Colin Farrell (The Lobster), and Ezra Miller (the DCEU’s Flash, seen briefly in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice). Only time will tell how compelling their original characters will be in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them proper; but by the looks of things Yates, Rowling, and company are on the right track.
Based on how well Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them performs at the box office later this year, future installments in the ever expanding Wizarding World franchise could very well continue to be as lucrative as the Harry Potter movies were throughout the 2000s. Rowling might just have a few more tricks up her sleeve with her latest work of imaginative fantasy – one that may yet be met with plenty of applause and cheers from her most dedicated fans.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in U.S. theaters on November 18th, 2016, followed by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 on November 16th, 2018.