Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Were just over a month away from the expansion of the wizarding world on the big screen with the arrival of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The most recent trailer is what finally got me excited about what this franchise starter has to offer, and now a new batch of character posters offer some interesting details that provide some insight into the new characters we’ll be meeting, including Eddie Redmayne as New Scamander. Some offer little plot details while one in particular features a certain symbol that Harry Potter fans will recognize immediately.
Check out the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them character posters after the jump.
As you can see in some of the posters there are pieces of propaganda for the Second Salemers, a fanatic group of No-Majs (American Muggles) who are hellbent on getting rid of witches in the US, following the previous Salem Witch Trials. However, I’m wondering why both of the characters from that organization, played by Samantha Morton and Ezra Miller, don’t have their last names on the posters. Another interesting detail is that Miller’s character of Credence is an adopted son, which makes me think he could turn out to be a wizard, perhaps even a dark one.
Otherwise, there’s another interesting detail on the poster of Percival Graves (Colin Farrell). Notice that little pendant of The Deathly Hallows? What does that have to do with the story unfolding in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Well, as we heard in the most recent trailer, the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is at large, and one of his plans was to round up the Deathly Hallows for his own devices. His ambitions actually ended up causing a rift between him and a younger Albus Dumbledore. But what significance does the symbol hold for Percival Graves? Could his family have ties to one of those three items?
I’m excited to see how this all ties into the mythology of the Harry Potter universe that has been built up until now. Also, the presentation of the American side of the wizarding world offers a whole new perspective on magic that we haven’t seen before. A lot is riding on the success of this franchise, and I hope it comes together in a satisfying way.
Here’s a more details synopsis of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them you may not have read yet:
There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction of No-Majs bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away and is now nowhere to be found.
Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.
Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.
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