Though we as muggles (no-maj folk) may not expect to encounter doxies, crups, or nargles in our daily lives, there is an obvious desire for the magical and the mysterious as even after seven books and eight films, fans still crave more from J.K. Rowling and her team of storytellers.
Thus the film adaptation of a popular pseudo magical textbook was born, and on Tuesday we were given our first peek at just what to expect from it.
From the design of the WB logo to the already eerily familiar soundtrack, the teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is exactly what I was hoping it would be.
I feel like we’re walking into a story we already know, even though the book the movie is based on had no plot at all. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a book is actually just a listing of magical creatures discovered across the world by the magizoologist Newt Scamander. There are several creatures that we go in depth with in the textbook, but we don’t really learn much about Newt himself.
With this in mind, going by this trailer at least, it looks to me that Rowling and director David Yates have made sure to thread the feeling and aesthetic of the Potter films into Beasts as much as possible. The first moments of the teaser trailer harken back to the beginning of Prizoner of Azkaban, with Harry reading in his bedroom at Privet Drive and whispering “Lumos maxima” on repeat to have enough light to see the pages.
Also, the courtroom scene in the trailer doesn’t look too dissimilar to what we see of the British Wizengamot in Harry’s time, 70 years in the future.
As a huge Potterhead (who isn’t?), I read Fantastic Beasts years ago, and wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that in my twenties I would be seeing Newt’s story brought to life on the big screen. Let alone from the very hands that brought us the Potter series, both the books and the films. David Yates came on board the Potter films as director for the fifth movie, and finished off the series with what most fans would agree are the best installments of them all. Here he is, back working with Rowling, and back in the wizarding world he so magically presented to us almost a decade prior.
May this return to the wizarding world be everything we need it to be, fellow fans. Now to wait another year, and what a difficult wait that will be.