On Wednesday morning, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them debuted a brand new trailer, giving us our best look yet at Newt Scamander and his adventures in the American wizarding world. This action-packed trailer has everything: gorgeous magical sequences, fantastic beasts, and a sinister name that’s all too familiar to Harry Potter fans.
We rounded up 10 of the most magical moments from the new trailer and dissected them like the Harry Potter nerds we are. Accio GIFs!
Well, that’s one way to make an entrance. Eddie Redmayne stars as former Hogwarts Hufflepuff and current magizoologist Newt Scamander, who’s traveled to America with his case full of rare and magical creatures. Just like Mad-Eye Moody’s trunk, it’s bigger on the inside, and here we see Newt facing the Magical Congress of the United States of America — a.k.a. MACUSA, a.k.a. the American version of the Ministry of Magic — after several of his creatures escape and start wreaking havoc.
Previous trailers have introduced us to the wizarding world of 1920s New York, but this might be the most time we’ve spent inside Newt’s actual case. It’s gorgeous — and surprisingly roomy!
Dan Fogler plays Rowling’s first non-magical main character, an American and aspiring baker named Jacob Kowalski. He accidentally gets swept up in Newt’s adventure, much to the annoyance of American witch Tina Goldstein (played by Katherine Waterston). “You wiped his memory, right?” we hear her tell Newt. “The No-Maj?”
“The what?” Newt replies. “Sorry, we call them Muggles.” (Us too, Newt.)
Maybe we should start saying “Niffler in a jewelry store” instead of “kid in a candy store.” These fuzzy little kleptomaniacs are obsessed with anything shiny and valuable, and although we first read about Nifflers in The Goblet of Fire, Fantastic Beasts will mark the first time we’ve seen them on-screen. And they’re super cute!
So many Bowtruckles! Redmayne has said before that a particular Bowtruckle, Pickett, is one of his favorite beasts in the film, and we can’t blame him. That thing is adorable.
What is this, some kind of swanky wizard speakeasy? If only we had magic to make us look that nice.
There’s a reason American witches and wizards have to stay underground. Samantha Morton plays Mary Lou Barebone, a No-Maj and the leader of an anti-wizard organization called the “Second Salemers,” which is devoted to seeking out and destroying witches and wizards. “Something is stalking our city, wreaking destruction and then disappearing without a trace,” we hear Barebone preach. “Witches live among us!” Yes, they do.
Nice haircut, Ezra Miller. We’ve seen a few glimpses of his mysterious character before — his name is Credence Barebone, which is like the most J.K. Rowling name ever — but here, we see Mary Lou’s adopted son with Colin Farrell’s Percival Graves, an auror who serves as the U.S. Director of Magical Security. Credence has been described as lonely, shy, and vulnerable, but Mary Lou probably wouldn’t be too excited to learn that he’s hanging out with wizards.
It’s hard to tell whether all this destruction is the result of one of Newt’s beasts or something more sinister. It’s clear that in America, there’s even more of a divide between witches/wizards and
Muggles No-Majs, and at one point, we see Seraphina Picquery, the president of MACUSA, wondering whether this has ties to what’s been happening in the wizarding world overseas.
“This is related to Grindelwald’s attacks in Europe,” she says. “This could mean war.”
Harry Potter fans, of course, know that Gellert Grindelwald was a notorious dark wizard who dreamed of overthrowing the Statute of Secrecy, picturing a world where wizards ruled Muggles. As one of the greatest dark wizards of all time, rivaled only by Voldemort, he led a murderous revolution until he was defeated by his childhood friend Albus Dumbledore. So will Grindelwald himself make an appearance in Fantastic Beasts, or is Seraphina Picquery just speculating? We’ll have to wait and see.
We don’t really have any insightful analysis for this; we just thought this crazy dark force in the subway looked really, really cool. Run, Newt!
Fantastic Beasts hits theaters on Nov. 18.