J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world of Harry Potter has enjoyed an exalted place in both literature and in motion pictures. Ten and twelve year old children were, for the first time, standing in line at bookstores waiting for the release of the next book in the series, and no book had ever done that before. That alone was magical. Then we got to see all these books made into motion pictures, and that world became something we could see for ourselves. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and so too did the Harry Potter movies.
And then J.K. Rowling wrote a finctional textbook called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on her notes from the books she had already written. The book, supposedly written by the wizard Newt Scamander, was required reading at Hogwarts School of Magic and Witchcraft. It served as the foundation for the screenplay for the new motion picture.
The movie is set some seventy years before the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and shows us New York’s secret community of wizards and witches in the 1920’s.
The film stars Ezra Miller, the same fellow cast as The Flash in Batman v Superman. as well as Eddie Redmayne in the lead role of Newt Scamander, and veteran actor Colin Farrell as Percival Graves. It’s directed by David Yates, and is due for release by Warner Bros. in theaters in November of 2016. An exact release date has not yet been set.