Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a textbook written by Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter series of books. The students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry used the textbook in Care of Magical Creatures.

 

News

J.K. Rowling is already writing a sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It will hit theaters in 2018, which suddenly doesn’t seem so far off.

 

Encyclopedia

Feeling a little disoriented? Lost? Fandango has put together a three-part encyclopedia to bring fans up to speed before the movie’s release.

Synopsis

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Magic in North America

Leading up to the November 18th release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated feature Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling has crafted a collection of new original writing entitled Magic in North America, to introduce audiences to a new place and time in the wizarding world that she has created. Rowling, who first conceived the wizarding world in her enormously popular Harry Potter books, had introduced wizards and witches from other parts of Europe in the series, most notably in the Quidditch World Cup and Triwizard Tournament. However, this marks the first time we’ll learn the fascinating story of the history of magic in North America.

 

The first installment, History of Magic in North America, was introduced with the global launch of a 100-second specially produced video that serves as a prologue to the new original writing by J.K. Rowling. The writing was posted on Pottermore.com. These four pieces will enlighten readers about a previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world: North American witches and wizards, their history and their magic.

Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the second installment in a collection of new original writing by J.K. Rowling entitled Magic in North America, was published exclusively on Pottermore.com. Ilvermorny (Ill-ver-morn-ee’) provides a vivid and captivating backstory of the great North American school of magic, founded in the 17th century.

The work of fiction begins in Ireland where an orphaned young girl who is a descendant of Hogwarts co-founder Salazar Slytherin, escapes her evil aunt and sets sail on the Mayflower. Landing in Massachusetts with little more than the clothes on her back and a stolen wand, she ventures out on her own, wandering in the wilderness until she encounters several mysterious creatures and discovers she is not the only magical person in the New World. But she will also have to overcome great challenges and face new dangers on her way to establishing what will become the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the peak of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.

 

In addition to publishing the second installment of Magic in North America, Pottermore announced that, for the first time ever, users of the website will be able to be sorted into one of the four houses of Ilvermorny. The Ilvermorny Sorting Ceremony consists of questions and answers written by J.K. Rowling. The answers to the questions determine into which Ilvermorny house users will be sorted. The houses are named after the following creatures, which have been described as follows in the writing:

  • Horned Serpent; a ‘great horned river serpent with a jewel set into its forehead’
  • Pukwudgie; ‘a short, grey-faced, large-eared creature’
  • Thunderbird; a creature that ‘can create storms as it flies’
  • Wampus; ‘a magical, panther-like creature that is fast, strong and almost impossible to kill’

Cast and Crew

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Tina; Alison Sudol (Dig, Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Jacob; Ezra Miller (Trainwreck) as Credence; two-time Oscar nomineeSamantha Morton (In America, Sweet and Lowdown) as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Graves.

Marking the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, the script was inspired by her character Newt Scamander’s Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

David Yates is directing Fantastic Beasts. He helmed the last four Harry Potter feature films, so I’m expecting good things!

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