'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': Everything We Learned on Our Set Visit
IMDb worked its magic to apparate onto the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Check out exclusive interviews with the cast and creators as well as new pictures and teasers from the movie and beyond.
It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
In mid-20s New York, Newt Scamander, the British young activist wizard, arrives in town, holding a mysterious leather suitcase which shelters a wide array of diverse and magical creatures that exist among us. Amid an already fragile equilibrium of secrecy, and the increasing disasters ascribed to the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, Newt's precious suitcase will be lost--and to make matters worse--several creatures will manage to escape. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who will target Newt, in the background of an invisible, devastating, and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc on 5th Avenue. In the end, is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions; moreover, what will happen to the remaining fantastic beasts still loose in the streets?Written by
The magical law to which Newt, Queenie, and Tina allude, which prohibits fraternizing between a magical person and a non-magical person, is called Rappaport's Law, named after Emily Rappaport, the fifteenth President of MACUSA. According to J.K. Rowling, the law was enacted in 1790, as a result of the breach of International Statute of Secrecy due to the indiscretions of Dorcus Twelvetrees (the daughter of the Aristotle Twelvetrees, the American Magical Secretary of Treasury) and Bartholomew Barebone (a Nomaj, and a Scourer descendant). However, the law is heavily criticized, due to its intense segregation and punishments inflicted upon violation. It is likely that Mary Lou Barebone is a descendant of Bartholomew. In addition to non-fraternization, wands carried by foreign wizards must be registered (seen during Newt's first visit to MACUSA), and students at Ilvermorny must surrender their wands at the school before leaving for their holidays. The law would only be repealed in 1965. See more »
While the main characters are walking under the elevated line, the train passing overhead is on the left track as if it would be in England rather than the track on the right side as it would be in the United States. See more »
JK Rowling will forever be known as one of the most genius humans to ever live. The fact that she can pen such a detailed and perfect magical world without Harry Potter and the beloved characters we have grown to love, it makes you feel like this world is actually real! This movie is very entertaining and and heartwarming. It's no longer a dark saga of an evil dark wizard trying to kill a young boy, it is an insight into a magical world that is so grand and amazing!
Despite taking place way before our known HP time, there are enough quick and witty references to our known HP world throughout the movie to make Potterheads smile. I went in with less than no expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised. And LOVED IT. And the best part of it all- I've always somewhat disliked the HP movies, because I'm a die-hard fan of the books. The movies never lived up to the books. For Fantastic Beasts, there are no books to compare it to, so there's no room to dislike! Can't wait for the next movies!
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