'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' Featurette Teaser Gives People Who Miss Harry Potter A New Hero — VIDEO
Huge, huge news for you and the Scarheads (true story: This is what major Harry Potter fans are called) in your life: A new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them featurette just dropped, and it includes so much fun stuff from the film, it might as well be a teaser. Trust me: If you were feeling at all lukewarm as about this film or thinking it's a Harry Potter consolation prize, this featurette is going to change your mind instantly. It's that good.
The featurette contains deeply charming clips from the movie, as well as some ultra 2016, woke commentary from J.K. Rowling revealing that her "heroes are always people who feel themselves to be set apart, stigmatized or othered. That's at the heart of most of what I write and it's certainly at the heart of this movie."
Of course, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was originally a book penned by Rowling in 2001, and which was a copy of the textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The film is a little different: Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a wizarding world magizoologist in the year 1926 who's enjoying a brief stopover in New York — but one with chaotic consequences when, thanks to muggle Jacob and a displaced briefcase, some of Scamander's fantastic beasts get loose.
Have I convinced you of the upcoming movie's innate charm yet? If not, check out the video:
While the premise, era, and age of the actor are entirely different in Fantastic Beasts compared to Harry Potter, I'd still argue there's more than a hint of Potter here. Redmayne has the same talent for embodying lovely-but-slightly-awkward characters, just like Radcliffe does. Similarly, Newt Scamander's preference for animals over humans, while not being exactly the same as the rather sociable Potter, at least recalls Harry Potter's close bonds with the animals (or half-animals) in his life, from his snowy owl Hedwig to his close relationship with Firenze the centaur.
Besides which, hey, recognize that eerie theme music? Harry Potter opening music, oh how I've missed you.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to be released on Nov. 18.
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