J.K. Rowling to attend Fantastic Beasts screening for charity
J.K. Rowling is doing something magical ahead of the debut of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The author will attend a special advanced screening of the film this fall to benefit her non-profit children’s organization.
Eddie Redmayne, who plays magizoologist Newt Scamander, will also be in attendance at the event, taking place at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. ET.
The conversation and subsequent screening, to benefit Lumous Foundation USA in partnership with Warner Bros. and Scholastic, will be introduced by director David Yates and other members of the Fantastic Beasts cast. All proceeds will go directly to Lumos, which helps children in orphanages around the world get back to family life.
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Fantastic Beasts, which marks Rowling’s screenwriting debut, follows Scamander as he arrives in 1920s New York City with a suitcase full of magical creatures. When a number of those beasts escape, he’s forced to track down them down while avoiding the attention of No-Maj eyes (non-magical Americans, a.k.a. the U.S. equivalent of Muggles).
Warner Bros. is releasing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theaters on Nov. 18, and Scholastic is publishing the film’s screenplay in the U.S. and Canada, along with a new edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook that inspired the new story.
Tickets for the screening, which range from $25 to $500, go on sale here beginning Monday at 11 a.m. ET.