Warner Bros. has unveiled the new, full-length trailer for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM this morning, and it’s our most promising look at the highly anticipated Wizarding World expansion yet. For those unaware, the film uncovers new areas of the Wizarding World established in HARRY POTTER, as author J.K. Rowling makes her screenwriting debut on a story set in 1920s America. Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, an English magizoologist who runs into big trouble during his stop in New York City as his briefcase full of magical creatures becomes unlocked, wrecking havoc on the American community—which has gone to great lengths to keep witches and wizard separate and hidden from “no-maj” or muggles.
While previous trailers have played up the cute wonders of the film, visual effects are nearing completion so this full trailer really digs into the magic of it all, unveiling a world that is both colorful and dangerous. Indeed, this trailer is far more serious than previous looks at the film, which is more in line with the latter half of the HARRY POTTER films. And that’s perfectly appropriate given that FANTASTIC BEASTS, unlike POTTER, revolves around adults instead of children. Moreover, FANTASTIC BEASTS is in good hands with director David Yates, who successfully steered the POTTER franchise into dark territory by helming ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, and both DEATHLY HALLOWS films.
Newt is aided in his quest to round up the fantastic beasts by a pair of underdog witches played by Katherine Waterston (INHERENT VICE) and Alison Sudol as well as a no-maj named Jacob (Dan Fogler), who marks the Potter universe’s first ever non-magic protagonist. While I’ll admit the previous trailers failed to “wow” me aside from John Williams’ score and a few POTTER references, this one seals the deal with peeks at the dark plot involving Colin Farrell’s rogue Auror, Ezra Miller’s mystery character and the mention of the dark wizard Grindelwald.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM also stars Samantha Morton, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo and Jon Voight. The film opens in theaters on November 18th.