Warner Bros. have just released a 1 minute, 53 second teaser trailer for JK Rowling’s new film, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, set back in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
We can’t wait to get a new view into Rowling’s magical world and are already counting down the days until November 2016 but until then, here are some hints, hidden in that trailer, that all Potter fans can speculate about madly.
1. Firstly, hidden beasts. The trailer gives us some great shots of Hufflepuff, and magical zoologist, Newt Scamander, doing his thing in 1920s New York but we don’t get a glimpse of any of these fantastic beasts we have been promised. Or do we?
When the trailer cuts away to give us some written info, like the release date, the words are actually on a background of animals. Feathers, scales, knobbly skin? Maybe this little aesthetic is hinting at the kind of beasts we might be likely to expect.
2. The main speech in the trailer is given by actress Katherine Waterston, playing Porpentina (or “Tina”) Goldstein. It looks like Tina is going to be an interesting asset to Newt’s journey. Although she befriends the young wizard she is herself a worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (aka MACUSA, the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic). She might be more sympathetic to Newt’s struggle than originally thought however, as Tina, although ambitious, has been relegated to an office well below her abilities after she stood up for the wrong person.
3. We have also been given an insight into the Magical Congress of the United States of America. We can tell this is where Tina makes her stand by the banner on the wall in the background, which appears to show an American flag and a bird. But is their symbol an eagle or (as the flames might imply) the more magical Phoenix? This looks to be an interesting merger of the old and the new, the familiar Order, as well as Fawkes, with the land of liberty.
4. As well as getting a good look at Tina, we also see a scene with Colin Farrell who plays Graves, a powerful auror and the right-hand man of the American wizarding world’s president. He looks to be an important character but, not listed as one of the main four, perhaps he might turn out to be the film’s antagonist.
5. If you couldn’t tell these films are going to continue in their Potter-y footsteps by the fact that they have ‘return’ in big bold letters, the names at the end are more than a subtle clue. They include David Heyman, who produced all eight Harry Potter films, David Yates, who has directed the Harry Potter films since Order of the Phoenix, and Steve Kloves. Steve Kloves wrote the screenplays for 7 out of 8 potter films and, even though it’s been widely publicised that JK Rowling is writing this one (she said on Twitter she wrote it all!), the credit at the end seems to imply that he at least gave some guidance.
I wrote the whole script! https://t.co/ceRNxh1KZ6
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 15, 2015
6. The return to Potter-iness is strong throughout. If the beginning of this trailer felt familiar to you that’s because it is! A wizard muttering Lumos Maxima and lighting up the screen is just how the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film began.
7. And finally – and very appropriately for a film on magical animals – listen closely. Within the music used in this trailer you can just about make out a familiar refrain – the iconic Hedwig’s Theme.
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