Finding fantastic beasts isn’t an official Olympic sport in this sad, Muggle world of ours, but that didn’t stop NBC from airing a new minute-long ad for the latest “Harry Potter” movie. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s book of the same name, a sort of encyclopedic tie-in to her series of novels about the Boy Who Lived. Watch the new trailer below.
Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” who arrives in New York with a briefcase of what one can only assume are fantastic beasts — and accidentally allows them to escape. The film, directed by frequent “Harry Potter” helmer David Yates, is set in 1926 and co-stars Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight and Ron Perlman. “I want to be a wizard,” Fogler’s Jacob says near the end. Don’t we all, Jacob. Don’t we all.
Elsewhere in “Harry Potter” spinoffs, Rowling’s play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was just released to much buzz. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which is intended to be the first installment in a new trilogy, is set for release on November 18.