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Fantastic Beasts and Google team to explore Newt Scamander’s wizarding world

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Jaap Buitendijk

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been found thanks to Google.

The tech giant and Warner Bros. have teamed up to unveil a slew of features that let internet witches and wizards explore this new facet of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding universe, including the 1926 New York City setting where Fantastic Beasts takes place and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives with his case full of magical creatures.

On Google Maps, users can search for (and inside) locations like the magical speakeasy called the Blind Pig, the headquarters of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), and the apartment shared by sisters Tina and Queenie Goldstein (played by Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol).

 

For those with Android devices, there are also ways to cast “spells” by saying “Ok Google” followed by “Lumos” and “Nox” to turn the phone’s flashlight on and off, and “Silencio” to silence the ringer and notifications. Google’s announcement also says its new Daydream View virtual reality headset will allow fans to explore the magic of Newt’s case, and teased content inspired by the wizarding world that will come from YouTube creators beginning Tuesday.

To see where the magic happens, visit g.co/fantasticbeasts. Fantastic Beasts opens in theaters on Nov. 18.