Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or simply Fantastic Beasts, is an upcoming 2016 British-American fantasy drama film written by J. K. Rowling as her screenwriting debut and inspired by Rowling’s book of the same name. A spin-off/prequel of the Harry Potter film series and directed by David Yates, the film will be the first installment of a trilogy. Rowling is also producing the film alongside David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jon Voight and Ron Perlman. Principal photography commenced on August 17, 2015, at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to be released on November 18, 2016 worldwide in the 3D, IMAX 4K Laser format, and other large format theatres.
In 1926, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), for a meeting with an important official. At this meeting is a magically expanded briefcase which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.
The mistake has a devastating effect on the state of Wizarding/No-Maj (the American term for a non-magical person or muggle) relations in New York City’s community of wizards and witches, which is already in a dangerous place, due to the threatening presence of the fanatical New Salem Philanthropic Society, an extremist organisation dedicated to the eradication of wizard-kind. Newt battles to correct the mistake, and the horrors of the resultant increase in violence, fear, and tension felt between magical and non-magical peoples.