Harry Potter fans, rejoice! It’s time to return to the glorious world where everything is magical.
Potterheads have been treated to the first photos from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Though the spin-off doesn’t hit theatres until November 2016, the newly-released photos and information have already got us counting down the days. If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, look no further. We’ve put together everything you need to know about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, all in one place. Here are 7 things you must know about the upcoming film.
1. David Yates, who directed the last four installments of the Harry Potter series, said that Fantastic Beasts is a "wee bit more grown-up" than the previous films. In fact, he even added that there are no kids in this movie.
2. We’ve all been under the impression that the film will feature Eddie Redmayne‘s character, Newt Scamander, as the protagonist. However, the actor revealed that all four friends – Newt, Tina (Katherine Waterson), Queenie (Alison Sudol), and Jacob (Dan Fogler) – will be front and center in the film!
3. The film, which was originally supposed to take place in iconic locations around the world, will now be set in 1920s New York. So, how will we see the fantastic beasts in other parts of the world? Through Newt Scamander’s magical case, of course!
4. The film will also incorporate the Salem witch trials into its back story. The New Salem Philanthropic Society, a.k.a. the Second Salemers, are a group seeking to expose and destroy the wizarding community. Their leader, Mary Lou, will be portrayed by Samantha Morton.
5. Did you read about the Second Salemers and exclaim "Oh, these Muggles!"? Well, you might want to rephrase that. In the American wizarding world, they use the word ‘No-maj’!
6. Though we might not get any special appearances from our beloved Harry Potter characters, Dumbledore does make a cameo… Well, sort of. Director David Yates teased that the film features a brief dialogue about a "promising young wizard" called Albus Dumbledore!
7. We still haven’t recovered from the fact that Harry Potter is over. And we’re already dreading the end of Fantastic Beasts. Fortunately, there are at least two more films mapped out after this one!