The Harry Potter franchise is in safe hands
J.K. Rowling is taking us to a new era with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.
The film marks the screenwriting debut of Rowling, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters. It stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Colin Farrell. In addition to Yates, the film reunited a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Here’s the premise: There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction of No-Majs (American for Muggles) bent on eradicating them. The powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away and now nowhere to be found.
Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander [Eddie Redmayne] arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case.
But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski [Dan Fogler] inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge — a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein [Katherine Waterston] jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator.
However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves [Colin Farrell], the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.
Still following? Good. The newly allied Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders — now branded fugitives — ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.
We'd love to tell you more, but critic's reviews of Fantastic Beasts are under embargo until November 15th. For now you'll have to make do with the trailer.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in Dubai on November 17.