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Where to find Fantastic Beasts? Right here! EW’s giant Fall Movie Preview issue has arrived and the eagerly awaited Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them leads the cover of this week’s movie-stuffed issue. This week’s cover has Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander ready for action, along with your first look at an assortment of creatures (hey, it’s an Occamy!).

We pull back the veil on the ultra-secret film and reveal how Fantastic Beasts is going to be far more than just a magic-filled beast-chasing romp through Roaring Twenties Manhattan — the story is more dark and topical than you might expect. As costar Alison Sudol puts it: “There’s all kinds of things going on in our world right now concerning immigration and tensions between different groups. There’s a lot about segregation in this film, a lot about fear of the ‘other.’ These creatures, who the world sees as ugly, dangerous or weird, Newt has such love for them, and through his love we fall in love with them. J.K. Rowling has tapped into really deep and pertinent issues.” Plus, we learn how Redmayne mastered his wand, Rowling’s reaction to seeing the film for the first time, how a key beast was created, and more.

And Fantastic Beasts is just our opening act. EW’s Fall Movie Preview includes exclusive reporting and images from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Marvel’s latest Doctor Strange, Antoine Fuqua’s star-packed reboot of The Magnificent Seven, the Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt space romance Passengers, the slave rebellion drama The Birth of a Nation, the big screen adaptations of the bestselling novels The Girl on the Train and The Light Between Oceans and, oh about 97 more.

Basically if you plan on seeing any movies for the rest of the year, this is the EW issue to get. To continue reading more from the Fall Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, or accio your copy now – and don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
  • Movie
  • 132 minutes