Up until a few days ago, very little was known about the main character of the latest Harry Potter installment. We knew his name is Newt Scamander and he is the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, one of the textbooks Harry ‘studies’ from (knowing Harry, he didn’t actually open the book). Now, in this new featurette, J.K. Rowling introduces us to her latest hero.
It turns out Newt is a ‘magizoologist’ (keeper and researcher of magical creatures) and is somehow ‘stigmatized or othered’ in society, like most of Rowling’s characters. He travels the world studying creatures and keeps some of them in a magical case, which seems a lot like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag. Eddie Redmayne, who plays him, adds that Newt feels more comfortable with the creatures he studies than he does with people. Seems like an endearing character we can all get behind.
As far as plot goes, we now know that a lot of the movie takes place in America and that the action starts when someone opens the case containing Newt’s magical creatures. Much magic and wizardry ensues. Also, Colin Farrell runs around in a dramatic black coat and Eddie Redmayne looks exactly like himself. It’s going to be interesting to see what the American wizarding world is like. The implication so far has been that it is dramatically different from the British world we know from Harry’s stories.
Also, can we just take a moment to admire Jo’s hair in this video? This woman just keeps getting better with age!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theatres November 18, 2016.