Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

New theatrical pentalogy from Warner Bros. Studios, building upon the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise, broadening the existing J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to include new characters, creatures, locations and product opportunities.


Owner: Warner Bros.
Category: Entertainment


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to the Harry Potter stories and films, directed by David Heyman (producer, Harry Potter films) and David Yates (director, final 4 Harry Potter films) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 42-page book written in 2001 by J.K. Rowling about the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. In the Harry Potter stories, Fantastic Beasts is one of Harry’s Hogwarts textbooks and is written by Magizoologist Newt Scamander.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. The story starts in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

The movie, released in November 2016, stars Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish girl) as Newt Scamander. It grossed $814 million worldwide, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2016. The film was nominated for five BAFTAs, including Best British Film, winning Best Production Design, as well as two Academy Awards, winning Best Costume Design, becoming the first film in J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World to win an Academy Award. A sequel, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is scheduled for release on 16 November 2018.

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