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The world has spent the past year picking Star Wars: The Force Awakens apart, picking through its plot threads, spelunking into its plot holes, shipping the Hot Young New cast members into various pairings, and generally leaving no frame of the film untouched. But it’s become increasingly clear that everyone, fans and detractors alike, can agree on one thing: the film is impeccably cast, a trademark of every J.J. Abrams project.

But the casting of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver was the result of a sweeping talent search, one that looked at names both famous and obscure, seemingly leaving no stone unturned. The stories of people auditioning for The Force Awakens are many and they will surely begin to trickle out as time goes by. But today, we have one from Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, who auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren.

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dumbledore fantastic beasts

Now and then we’ve heard Professor Albus Dumbledore might make an appearance in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, which will now be five films instead of three, if all goes according to plan. While making the press rounds for the first installment in author/screenwriter J.K. Rowling‘s new series, director David Yates confirmed the headmaster of Hogwarts is going to appear in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel.

Below, learn a little bit more Dumbledore’s role in the next Fantastic Beasts installment.

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Fantastic Beasts Clips

Some early buzz on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrived over the weekend, and we rounded up what we could to let fans know what the first reactions were saying. But there are probably still some fans who aren’t aren’t quite excited about the movie yet. Well, Warner Bros. has unleashed a few new clips from the film.

Most of the new footage shows off the quirkiness Eddie Redmayne brings to the character Newt Scamander. In addition, we meet a new creature, get a bit more of Queenie Goldstein, and spend some time inside Scamander’s magical suitcase. Watch the Fantastic Beasts clips after the jump. Read More »

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Finds Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but the sequel is already casting up. Johnny Depp is set to co-star in the next installment of the Harry Potter spinoff series, which David Yates will return to direct for release in 2018. In fact, he may even have a cameo role in the first Fantastic Beasts, which opens later this month.  Read More »

Ezra Miller Fantastic Beasts featurette

In just over two weeks, we’ll see the Harry Potter franchise reignited with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. That’s good news for Warner Bros., because the studio and author/screenwriter J.K. Rowling have big plans for Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), like four more Fantastic Beasts films. Before we see more of J.K. Rowling’s world of wizardry, though, let’s take a quick look back at the Potter series with Ezra Miller, the co-star of director David Yates‘ latest film.

Below, watch Ezra Miller’s Harry Potter history lesson.

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Fantastic Beasts clip

As we’ve already seen in the Harry Potter movies, the wizarding world has plenty of delicious food we don’t have in the Muggle world, like butterbeer. But even a more run-of-the-mill treats seem more special when they’re lovingly crafted via magic, as No-Maj Jacob (Dan Fogler) discovers in a just-released scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Watch the first Fantastic Beasts clip below.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Character Poster - Percival Graves

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.

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Fantastic Beasts Magical Creatures

This fall brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters, expanding the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created, complete with a screenplay written by the novel’s author herself. The most recent trailer finally laid out the basic premise of the story for us with some magical creatures escaping from Newt Scamander’s suitcase, leaving the wizard with the task of tracking them down before they wreak havoc on the non-magical world and reveal the wizarding community.

If you’re wondering what some of these magical creatures are in the aforementioned most recent trailer, Warner Bros. has revealed the names and a few details on them. One of them is even the symbol of one of the Ilvermorny wizarding school, the American equivalent of Hogwarts. Find out about the Fantastic Beasts magical creatures after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Witch

This fall brings the Harry Potter franchise spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to theaters. However, this spin-off won’t be following any of the iconic characters from the eight film franchise, and instead follows an expelled Hogwarts student named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who heads to 1920s New York City with a magical briefcase full of creatures from the wizarding world.

So far much of what we’ve seen in the Fantastic Beasts trailers has showed off Scamander attempting to keep his briefcase of creatures a secret from the Muggle population (or No-Maj as they’re called in the US). But the most recent trailer introduced the plot element of the magical creatures expert having to track down a bunch of his escaped specimens. Now some new information reveals that Fantastic Beasts will also expand the wizarding world by introducing a new kind of witch with some very special abilities, and it makes us wonder if they might turn out to be one of the franchise’s villains.

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We won’t see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for another few months, but Warner Bros. is already planning its next trip to the wizarding world. The studio has just set a 2018 release date for the next film in the Harry Potter spinoff/prequel series, which will once again be directed by David Yates from a script by J.K. RowlingRead More »