Featurette with J.K. Rowling talks of Harry Potter connections with Fantastic Beasts

fantastic-beastsJ.K. Rowling has been very busy. Not only does she been all over social media and websites with Pottermore, she has also recently taken to Twitter to confirm that there will be a total of FIVE movies that are a part of this magical world she created and unleashed upon more readers than there are stars in the night sky.

Fantastic Beasts, a spin-off of the Harry Potter series, was already set to receive two additional sequels, which were scheduled for November 16, 2018 and November 20, 2020 respectively, but that has been extended to five films, which will most likely keep the same every two years tracking. Even though the original film doesn’t release until later this year, the studio is quite confident in the franchise. With the rousing success of the recent Cursed Child play, they know the audience is always hungry for more Harry Potter. What will those upcoming movies be? Well all we got from Ms. Rowling was the following tweet:

Now, in anticipation of what could be one of the hottest movies for November (the other hot property featuring a different powerful being of magic, namely Dr. Strange), there is a new featurette for the film in which Rowling touches on the fact that the magical history found in Fantastic Beasts is referenced in the Harry Potter series, and there will be some surprising connections revealed between the two along the way.

“In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you’re learning about a part of magical history that that’s talked about in the Potter books but you never see. I’m getting a chance to tell that now. In the 1920’s, magic developed very differently in America. Because of this tension, their wizarding world is in a state of high alert at that time. This is new material. There are ways in which we connect to the Potter books that I think people will find surprising. We’re talking about the first time a wizard rose and threatened the world order. This was always where I was interested in going. This is what I wanted to do.

An example of this is given when Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) is speaking to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Graves says to Scamander, “What makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you.” According to Rowling, statements like that are just the tip of the iceberg, and fans are certainly excited to see what she has in store.

You can watch the entire featurette above, and the official synopsis for the film can be found below.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens 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.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is being distributed by Warner Bros., and brings the world of magic to theaters on November 18.

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter stories? What about J.K. and this new series of stories coming from her? Do you think she should leave this universe well enough alone and solely work on new content, or do you think she should continue to give us more regarding this magical world of Wizards and Witches?
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