The wizarding world of Harry Potter is on its way back, and fans are can feel the magic tingling about thanks to a recent preview of the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The three-minute preview gave fans a new look into the Harry Potter spin-off, which is set in 1920s America. According to Variety, the clip was released during a special fan event, called “A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016,” at Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida.
Director David Yates, star Eddie Redmayne, and other cast members are in the clip giving not only a sneak peek at the upcoming film, but also new behind-the-scenes footage.
The author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling, is also taking her first shot at screenwriting.
Redmayne is in the previews stating his anticipation for the film, per the New York Daily News, “It’s just unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. It’s like imagination taken to the extreme.”
J.K. Rowling’s newest film adaptation tells the story of Harry Potter-esque Newt Scamander (Redmayne), who is visiting New York City when he opens a suitcase filled with mysterious creatures.
Us Weekly reports that along with Oscar-winning actor Redmayne, actor Colin Farrell and actresses Katherine Waterston and Samantha Morton also star in the film, though Farrell’s role is not yet known.
And although it’s been five years since the last Harry Potter movie hit theaters, Rowling has still managed to keep the magic behind the film alive more than ever, thanks mainly to her website, Pottermore, which keeps fans updated on any and all things wizardry.
One of the biggest mysteries fans have wondered about is the number of wizardry schools in the Harry Potter world. Fans know of Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons, but is that it? Or are there more? Rowling recently shed some light on that mystery on Pottermore.
“The number of countries that have their own magical school is minuscule compared to those that do not. This is because the wizarding populations of most countries choose the option of home schooling.” Rowling stated, according to Movie Pilot.
Rowling also stated that there are 11 wizarding schools, but they are in remote places, much like Hogwarts, in order to avoid Muggles.
Rowling also gave a hint via her Twitter account that a possible American wizardry school will appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, tweeting “@tannerfbowen No, but he’s going to meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York],” when asked if Newt was going to visit a school in NYC.
While she was shy with the details about the new school, she did go into detail about three others, according to Movie Pilot.
The first school is on the remote island of Iwo Jima, and their students have very interesting robes, says Rowling.
“Students are presented with enchanted robes which grow in size as they do, and which change color as the learning of their wearer increases, beginning a faint pink color and becoming (if top grades are achieved) gold. If the robes turn white, this is an indication that the student has adopted illegal practices.”
The other school is in Uagadou, Africa, dubbed “The Mountain of Moons.” The school specializes in Astronomy, Transfiguration, and Alchemy. Rowling also says that instead of wands, which she calls a European invention, spells are cast by simply waving your hand.
The last school that Rowling touched on was in Brazil, and is protected by mischievous and tricky spirit beings who watch over the students and keep them from harm.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters November 18, 2016.
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