With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being set in the same world as the Harry Potter franchise, there are certain aspects of the new film many fans can expect to see. That being said, the Harry Potter movies vary considerably in terms of tone and feel to one another, which makes it hard to guess where Fantastic Beasts falls in line.
With that in mind, David Heyman recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and promised fans that Fantastic Beasts is similar to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
“[Fantastic Beasts has] got the charm of the fourth. It’s like the fourth. Mike [Newell, director] talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical — and it’s not that, but it’s got the humor of that film,” Heyman revealed.
At the same time, Heyman went on to explain how the movie will also have a good deal of romance in it to go along with the humorous elements. Although the film will be more light-hearted in nature, fans can also expect to see a few dark parts as well, which is consistent to The Goblet of Fire.
“It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humor, that very human, natural character comedy. And now David is always looking for truthful, human moments, it’s never just a gag, he’s grounding [the storytelling moments] in a reality,” the producer stated. “[Beasts] is very funny, it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.”
Heyman has been involved in the adaptations of the Harry Potter movies since the very beginning and is continuing his involvement with the latest spinoff movie. Given his intimacy with the films, his insight offers fans a good idea at what they can expect in the new series, especially considering what transpired in The Goblet of Fire.
As fans will recall, The Goblet of Fire featured a variety of darker tones with some lighter elements mixed in. There was the whole tournament, which featured some fairly hard tasks and dangerous situations for Harry to complete, and, of course, mixed with Lord Voldemort’s final return to physical form, the movie had a fair share of darkness to it. But that doesn’t mean it was without its own light-hearted moments, along with a dash of romance for the main characters.
With that picture in mind, we can get a clearer sense of what Fantastic Beasts might be like upon release. Although the major plot details are still a mystery, it would appear as though the upcoming film will feature enough of a mixture to please just about any fan of the Harry Potter universe.
Even further, perhaps the best part of Fantastic Beasts is that it doesn’t have a book to follow along. Not only does this give producers an opportunity to surprise fans with plenty of twists and turns, but it also lowers the criticism from fans who expect a complete adaptation. With J.K. Rowling herself helping to write the screenplay, the movie is sure to be one fans will not want to miss.
Fantastic Beasts is a sort of prequel to the Harry Potter series in that it is set in a prior time period. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, who is the author of the textbook that the students at Hogwarts use to learn about magical creatures. Aside from Redmayne, the movie also stars Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterson, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Ron Perlman.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to hit theaters on November 18, 2016.
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