Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them invites us all back to the wizarding world, but the new teaser trailer for the movie sends viewers far away from Hogwarts and straight into the heart of New York
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the much anticipated film based on the book of the same name, is due to be released this November, and I think it's clear to say we're not in Hogwarts any more. Director David Yates (who also directed the last four Harry Potter movies), has teamed up with J.K. Rowling, to send fans back in time, to New York in 1926. The film follows Newt Scamander on his journey after being expelled from Hogwarts, and establishing himself in a secret community of witches and wizards with his magical suitcase in hand.
Yates recently professed his love for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them script, which sees Rowling make her screenplay debut. The trailer opens with shots of Newt arriving in New York, and voice-over of Colin Farrel's character, Percival Graves, saying: "You're an interesting man, Mr. Scamander, just like your suitcase. I think there's much more to you than meets the eye." A featurette of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them released earlier this year teased the film's central characters but did not include Farrel's Percival Graves on its list. True to form, the trailer teases that Graves may have a larger part to play as Newt's investigator.
We still don't have much of an idea as to the type of person Newt is, as the only words we hear him utter - "yes" and "no" - don't necessarily give a lot away. However, Graves' voice-over continues to provide Newt's backstory as he says: "Kicked out of Hogwarts for endangering human life for the beast. Yet one of your teachers argued strongly against your expulsion, I wonder what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you, Mr. Scamander." We start to understand now, that Newt's actions, rather than his words, are what defines his character.
The trailer then leaps into the wizarding heart of New York, full of apparitions, spells, but especially Newt's suitcase which would make Arthur Weasley giddy with excitement. We get another wave of nostalgia as John William's soundtrack for the film, which is reminiscent of the Harry Potter films - but also stands on its own - plays over the action. The music ceases only for a shot of Graves as he worryingly says: "No human can do what this thing is capable of." Woah! Mr. Scamander what have you done?! Click the subscribe button for more news about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Are you excited for the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?