For any ‘Harry Potter’ fan this is a great year – we are getting a new book and a new movie. The book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a play written by Jack Thorne and based on an original story written by J. K. Rowling, as well as Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The play itself opens in London on July 30, 2016, whereas the book version of the play is scheduled to be released worldwide on Harry Potter’s (and J. K. Rowling’s) birthday, July 31 of this year.
In addition to the play, Harry Potter fans will also receive their first installation of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ trilogy. This film centers on Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne). Scamander works for the Ministry of Magic as a Magizoologist, a person who studies magical creatures. The story begins in 1926 when Scamander arrives at New York City after having been traveling the world in order to complete research for his book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, his trip is not without complications.
Here is the most recent trailer:
When the trailer first opens, we learn that Scamander, who some time ago was kicked out of Hogwarts for endangering human life but not without Albus Dumbledore defending his innocence. Scamander is now traveling to New York with a strange suitcase, visibly hiding a magical creature inside of it. When he is stopped by customs, Scamander enchants the briefcase to be “Muggle worthy,” visibly concealing its true contents.
Things appear to go terribly terribly wrong as we see an undisclosed character reading a newspaper about “magical disturbances and the risk for wizarding exposure.” We also get a quick look at Newt’s love interest, Porpentina Goldstein (portrayed by Katherine Waterson) and her sister, Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol). We also see people rallying up to support Senator Henry Shaw Jr. (Josh Cowdery), one of the main driving forces behind The New Salem Philanthropic Society (NSPS), a fanatical group that seeks to stop and destroy the wizarding community. Chaos visibly ensues and we also get a quick look at Percival Graves (Collin Farrell), an Auror tasked with finding Scamander, as he warns U.S. President of Magic, Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo), “No human can do what this thing is capable of.”
We later catch a glimpse of Scamander waking up, jumping out of bed, and placing himself inside the suitcase, much to the surprise of Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), a No-Maj (Muggle) baker, who is accidentally exposed to the wizarding world. Scamander motions Kowalski to follow him into the suitcase.
The film, slated to be released on November 18, 2016, is directed by David Yates, a director well-known for having worked on several ‘Harry Potter’ films in the past. We at the Legion cannot wait for its release and wish there was a way to obtain Hermione’s time turner to see the movie sooner.