The next Harry Potter movie won’t have Harry Potter, but from the looks of it, we won’t mind. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel of sorts, following the author (Newt Scamander) of the title tome as he navigates the wizarding world of the United States. The first trailer debuted in all the way back in December of last year, but November 18 is fast approaching, and we’re in need of a little more hype. We got it this morning, when the latest trailer debuted on Ellen.
The film takes place in 1920s New York, where muggles are called no-majes and there aren’t as many castles around. In the trailer, Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, seems supremely unconcerned with keeping magical things concealed from the no-maj community, which doesn’t go over well with pretty much anyone. Colin Farrell (going to have to get used to seeing him with a wand) seems upset, Mary Lou (Samantha Morton) is shouting about rounding up witches Salem-style (she’s literally part of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, if her intentions weren’t already clear enough), and a lot of magical creatures are going on a rampage. Scamander seems to get a little more concerned as the trailer goes on.
It looks a lot like the fantastic beasts are just plot devices — the movie seems to be about tensions between new world and old world wizards and between the magically-inclined and the no-majes. I wouldn’t anticipate a tidy resolution, either — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first of a planned trilogy following Scamander, so things, as they do, will probably get worse before they get better.
Well, worse for the people in the movie anyway. Looks like it’s going to be awesome for us! Fantastic Beasts hits theaters on November 18, and you know we have our calendars marked.