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From Book to Blockbuster: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

From Book to Blockbuster: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

There’s a new Potterverse movie coming out and everyone’s abuzz with excitement! (Or maybe that’s the nargles.) In any case, we’re super excited to see Newt Scamander’s adventures in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Let’s look back and see where the newest Potterverse movie began!

As I’m sure most of you are aware, the Harry Potter movies were inspired by the book series by J.K. Rowling. As it turns out, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was also inspired by one of Rowling’s books, though this movie is very different from the book that inspired it.

Look at that awesome book cover! You’ll notice it says “Property of: Harry Potter” near the bottom. That’s because Rowling originally wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Harry’s textbook for Care of Magical Creatures. The book was sold with Quidditch through the Ages as a collection of “Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” This set was later expanded to include a copy of Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Since this is Harry’s copy of the textbook, he and Ron (and occasionally Hermione) tended to write hilarious notes in the margins. Or, you know, the ownership page…

The book also includes comments from the boys that remind us of the best creature moments of the series…

…and little tidbits of knowledge about Fred we wish we didn’t have.

Image Credit: Warner Bros

The new movie version isn’t simply a compendium of all creatures magical with snarky narration from the Golden Trio. Instead, the movie is focused on the adventures of Newt Scamander, the author of the textbook Rowling so graciously shared with us.

The movie takes place in 1926, one year before Newt’s compendium was published. For the movie’s plot, Newt, who has been traveling the world collecting and researching magical creatures since 1920, makes a brief stop in New York before heading home. Unfortunately, during his stop a No-Maj (the American word to describe a muggle) named Jacob Kowalski accidentally opens and disrupts Newt’s magical briefcase. The briefcase housed many magical creatures, several of which were released into the city when Kowalski inadvertently opened their prison.

Further complicating matters, a group of fanatical extremists, collectively known as the New Salem Philanthropic Society, are advocating for the eradication of wizardkind through a Second Salem. This has caused magical and non-magical relations to be extremely tense and Newt’s magical creatures terrorizing the city could be the last straw. Newt must retrieve all of the escaped creatures without harm befalling any No-Maj.

Luckily, Newt Scamander is a Hufflepuff and, as many Potter-heads know, Hufflepuffs are particularly good finders!

Image Credit: Warner Bros

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to be released November 18, 2016. Nomber 18th seems to be a special day in the Potterverse, considering Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)(internationally), and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (2011) were all released on the same day. Let’s hope that November 18th in 2016 proves just as magical as in previous years!


What’s your favorite magical creature that you hope Newt encounters? Let us know in the comments below!


All Images, Unless Otherwise Noted Credited To: J.K. Rowling

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros




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