Wizarding world magic continues
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Ever heard of a niffler? Or an occamy? Or perhaps a bowtruckle? If not, then there’s a great opportunity for one to learn of these creatures in the latest installment in the Harry Potter franchise. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” premiered across America and the UK Nov. 18. Written by the original author herself, J.K. Rowling, and directed by David Yates, this new film canonically takes place before any of the seven Harry Potter books and eight films. This, along with the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, further builds the universe in which they are set and introduces new generations to its magic.
The movie follows Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, through New York in 1926. Danger runs amok in the American wizarding community. A group called the Second-Salemers are suspicious of the existence of magic and call for the persecution of any wizards and witches discovered. A dark wizard named Grindelwald, who was the Voldemort before Voldemort, is also on the loose. Situations only worsen when a whole collection of beasts escape from Scamander’s bigger-on-the-inside suitcase and spread throughout the entire city. Newt must track down all his creatures, all while avoiding the Magical Congress of the United States of America, or MACUSA.
The movie differs greatly from its source book which shared its name. While the book was a short textbook about beasts, the movie features the fictional author of the textbook. In the movie, the author has not yet written the textbook, but he does on occasion reference it.
Previously, there were two sequels planned. However, Rowling has since stated that four sequels will be made, to which Potterheads across the world rejoiced.