J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is packed with heroes of all shapes and sizes, from Harry, Ron, and Hermione to Neville, Luna, and Dobby. But with her upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rowling is ready to explore a new era in wizarding history — and to introduce a new magical hero.
In this new featurette, Rowling introduces Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a former Hogwarts Hufflepuff who’s traveled the globe as a magizoologist, studying the world’s strangest creatures and collecting them in his mysterious case (which is bigger on the inside).
“My heroes are always people who feel themselves to be set apart, stigmatized, or others,” says Rowling, who wrote and produced Fantastic Beasts. “That’s at the heart of most of what I write, and it’s certainly at the heart of this movie.”
“Newt feels more at home with creatures than he does with human beings,” Redmayne adds.
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Fantastic Beasts picks up as Newt travels to New York City in the 1920s, where he finds himself taken aback by the differences between American and British wizarding customs. Soon, he’s swept up into an accidental adventure when a No-Maj (the American word for Muggle) named Jacob (Dan Fogler) opens Newt’s case and unleashes a number of, well, fantastic beasts.
The featurette also includes a few clips of brand new footage from the film, including a glimpse of a brand-new plant-like creature and scenes between Newt, Jacob, and the American witch Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston).
Longtime Harry Potter director David Yates helmed Fantastic Beasts, which will hit theaters on Nov. 18.