WATCH: New ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Trailer Takes Darker Turn
A new trailer for the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, giving us even more glimpses at the magical world in the U.S. Let’s just say, the No-Majs (or non-magical folk as they are called in America) are a lot meaner than Muggles in England.
The film stars Eddie Redmayne as the quirky Newt Scamander, who arrives in 1926 New York City along with a suitcase full of magical creatures. Some of them naturally escape, putting the Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA) authorities (lead by Colin Farrell) after Scamander, while throwing the magical world into disarray. Scamander is befriended by American witch Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), and along with her sister, Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), and No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), they help Newt try to unravel the mystery and get the beasts back in the case.
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling tries her hand at screenwriting for the first time with Fantastic Beasts, and it looks like she’s really going to delve into America’s dark past with witchcraft, (you know, like, the Salem Witch Trials).
As Scamander states in the trailer, “We’re going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They’re currently in alien terrain, surrounded by the most vicious creatures on the planet: humans,” which is followed a moment later with the line, “Magical beasts are terrorizing No-Majs. When No-Majs are afraid, they attack.” Watch the trailer above!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens on November 18th.