Things are about to get pretty magical! It’s been almost six years since the final Harry Potter film hit theaters, and now famed author J.K. Rowling has an entirely new installment of the wizarding world to delight and enthrall her fans. A new trailer for the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night.
It features magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) traveling to America with a mysterious briefcase.
“You’re an interesting man, Mr. Scamander,” an unknown man says in a voiceover. “Just like your suitcase, I think there’s much more to you than meets the eye. Kicked out of Hogwarts for endangering human life with a beast, yet one of your teachers argued strongly against your expulsion. I wonder, what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you, Mr. Scamander.”
That’s right, Dumbledore, who before he was headmaster of Hogwarts taught Defense Against the Dark Arts at the wizarding school. It was likely Care of Magical Creatures that interested Newt in his time at Hogwarts, as he goes on to become the most famous magizoologists (someone who studies magical creatures) and to pen the textbook that Harry and Co. would later study.
The film, which hits theaters in November, is the first in a trilogy from Rowling. The British scribe has clarified that though the story takes place before Harry Potter’s tale, it is not a prequel. Rowling has also helped pen the scripts for the two plays Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I and II, which will make their West End debut in June. They are sequels to the bestselling Potter novels.