Alison Sudol, who plays Queenie Goldstein in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, explained her excitement about joining the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as such: "Imagine thinking that world is done, and then you get to walk into it. I mean, can you imagine that? We got to do that."
Fans at Comic-Con got a taste of it too, when Newt Scamander himself, Eddie Redmayne, ran through the aisles of Hall H on Saturday afternoon, handing out wands. He then led a mass "Lumos maxima!" spell to turn the lights in the convention center on.
It's hard to capture in words what it felt like to be in that moment. Is it too on-the-nose to say it was...magical?
"It's like getting your Hogwarts letter way late in the game. But you're still getting it," Ezra Miller, who plays Credence, chimed in of starring in the movie.
Redmayne was also joined by director David Yates and co-stars Colin Farrell (Percival Graves), Katherine Waterston (Porpentina Goldstein) and Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski, the only NoMaj on the dais, though as Fogler pointed out, "Han Solo wasn't a Jedi.")
"It's many of the things we loved about Harry Potter, but it's a whole new set of characters, a whole new set of rules," Yates teased, while Redmayne played rather coy when questioned about any Easter eggs, offering a good-natured "No comment."
In the meantime, check out the latest trailer for the film, which is packed with all sorts of new beasts, both seemingly small and sweet and, well, whatever the terrifying creature at the end is.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.