Harry Potter is inarguably (I WILL TAKE NO ARGUMENTS) one of the greatest book series of all time, but as much fun as it was to watch J.K. Rowling unfurl her wizarding world, it would have been nice to get a glimpse at the magical communities a little closer to home. ENTER, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a spinoff film inspired by Rowling's book of the same name. It's not a Harry Potter book, per se, but it is set in Harry's world, and this one takes place in New York. American witches and wizards, oh my!
Rowling wrote the screenplay, which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), whose name you likely remember from Harry's Hogwarts textbook lists from the days of yore. About 70 years before Harry's adventures begin, Scamander heads to New York for a meeting with an official at the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Scamander brings some fantastical beasts with him and they escape, wreaking havoc all over town:
Filming took place in London, sadly, but at least the trailer looks exciting, and you can't help but get all tingly when the Harry Potter movie theme kicks in. Note that Fantastic Beasts, which will be released in November, is expected to be a trilogy, because how else are the studios supposed to milk all those licensing dollars?