Fantastic Beasts Easter Eggs

In the time since Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released, fans have already been obsessing about every detail in the movie as if it were a new Harry Potter book. And since the screenplays for these new movies that take place in the wizarding world are written by J.K. Rowling, that makes perfect sense. But for those who haven’t taken the time to dig any deeper into the events of the movie directed by David Yates, the characters who take part in it, or what this first movie means for the sequels in the way, a new video will explain everything you need to know.

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Fantastic Beasts Sequels - Eddie Redmayne

Even though Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was the main character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be in the four impending sequels that are set to cover 19 years of narrative time in the wizarding world.

In a recent conversation, franchise producer David Heyman confirmed that Mr. Scamander won’t always be at the center of each movie. Honestly, that’s probably for the best.

Find out more about the Fantastic Beasts sequels after the jump, but beware of major spoilers for the first movie. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts questions

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters now and it’s pretty good! J.K. Rowling‘s latest addition to the wizarding world she meticulously designed with her Harry Potter stories is slight but undeniably charming. While I’m still not sure how she and director David Yates plan to squeeze four more movies out of these characters, it felt good to be back in this familiar world, albeit in a different time period and an ocean away.

And now that the film is out and real people have had the chance to see it, Rowling took to Twitter to answer questions about the film and drop a few small hints about what to expect from future films.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

We may not be getting a new Harry Potter book written by J.K. Rowling anytime soon, but the next best thing has arrived in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, is the wizarding world as interesting without any of the signature Harry Potter characters at the center of the story?

The short answer is not exactly, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a thoroughly entertaining extension of the magical franchise, one with just enough wonder to get by, some captivating performances (despite underwhelming characters), and the promise of a build-up to something absolutely epic. Get some extended thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them after the jump, and chime in with your own reaction in the comments, but beware of MAJOR SPOILERS for the movie from here on out. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews

This week Harry Potter fans can return to the wizarding world in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first installment of what will eventually be a five film series, spanning 19 years of narrative time, all directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling. But will it be worth a trip to theaters? The first reactions indicated that this was the perfect follow-up to Harry Potter, delivering a different kind of magic in a simultaneously familiar and refreshing fashion, thanks to a whole new roster of characters.

Now the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them reviews are in (so far resulting in 100% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing, though that probably won’t last), and they seem to echo the first impressions, but with some key pieces of criticism.

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Fantastic Beasts Sequels

Long before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was even close to hitting theaters, we were made aware that a trilogy was planned for the Harry Potter spin-off title directed by David Yates. However, just last month fans were surprised to learn that what was once a trilogy was now being planned as a five film series, according to Harry Potter author and first-time screenwriter J.K. Rowling.

Now some new details on those sequels have surfaced regarding just how much time the sequels will cover in the wizarding world, and who will be directing the sequels from here on out. Find out the new details on the Fantastic Beasts sequels after the jump. Read More »

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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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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Who has the gall to turn down the Boss, you ask? None other than Harry Potter. Bruce Springsteen has revealed he wrote a song for the franchise during its early days. Unfortunately, the Academy Award-winning musician’s personal ballad went unused, but he still hopes we’ll hear it in a theater one day.

Below, learn more about the scrapped Bruce Springsteen Harry Potter song.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Cameo

Yesterday came the surprising news that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t just the start of a new trilogy, but the first in what will become a five-film series from J.K Rowling. That’s rather ambitious for a spin-off franchise that hasn’t proven itself to audiences yet, but surely the Harry Potter fanbase is strong enough to support it. If anything it’s a vote of confidence from Warner Bros. Pictures in the new direction for the wizarding world. But this new journey will come with at least one familiar character.

During the fan event for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that took place in London, J.K. Rowling talked about what the future of the franchise looks like, and she mentioned a certain Hogwarts professor who could be a big part of it. Then director David Yates seemed to confirm that this character will indeed appear in the first film. Find out about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cameo below. Read More »