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 »

new fantastic beasts story

Speaking as someone who is just as likely to read a history book as a fantasy novel, J.K. Rowling has managed to find my sweet spot in the lead-up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Although the trailers for director David Yates’ upcoming Harry Potter spin-off have certainly grabbed my attention, it’s been her stories about the history of the North American wizarding world that have really gotten me excited to return to this world. Blending existing mythology, history, and her own magic touches, Rowling has set a stage that couldn’t be more different than what we’ve seen before while also existing side-by-side with the lore established in the original Harry Potter novels and films.

Now, a new story detailing the history of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA) has debuted and man, I could read this kind of detailed fictional history forever.

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harry potter movie sequel

The Harry Potter books and film series may be over, but J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World continues to live on. There are the short stories and essays published on Pottermore. There is the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which explores this familiar universe in a different time and place. And then there is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the ambitious stage play sequel to the original series currently dominating the London theater scene that Warner Bros. says won’t get a film adaptation anytime soon (but go ahead and ask them again in ten years).

So when someone asks film series star, Daniel Radcliffe, if he’d be willing to reprise his role as Harry Potter for a new movie, it’s all theoretical. But let’s face it – chances are strong you’re curious about what he says. It’s okay. You’re only human, and a Muggle at that.

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J.K. Rowling Harry Potter Sketches

Even though J.K. Rowling has said that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marks the end of the story of The Boy Who Lived, that doesn’t mean she’s done given fans some little gems from the wizarding world she created so many years ago. By way of Pottermore, the author has unveiled some of the original sketches she created of characters such as Harry Potter, Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape and even Peeves the Poltergeist.

Check out the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter sketches after the jump. Read More »