Erin King

The magic of the wizarding world is charming its way back to theaters.

Malavika Kannan, Reporter

When Harry Potter fans worldwide heard about the new Harry Potter film spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set to release in November of 2016, they were ready to produce a Patronus Charm.

“People who love Harry Potter will love to have their story revived again, since it’s kind of died down since the last film,” says freshman Johanna Crane.

As hardcore “Potterheads” (Harry Potter fans) will know, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a Hogwarts textbook mentioned in the first Harry Potter novel. The movie will tell the story of Fantastic Beasts author Newt Scamander, taking place 70 years before Harry was born. It will take place in New York City, offering American fans a glimpse into their country’s wizarding world.

According to Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling via a statement through Warner Bros,  “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

However, Harry Potter fans are hoping to see some elements of their beloved books in the new film.

“The supernatural creatures, daring adventures, and fantastical characters always captivated me,” says freshman Anderson Moonguaklang. “I want to see more of the magical creatures, like hippogriffs, merpeople, and dragons.”

Although it has been four years since the release of the last Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows Part 2, J. K. Rowling is far from gone from the big screen. Her novel The Casual Vacancy is undergoing film adaptation for BBC. A prequel play to the Harry Potter novels, the Cursed Child, will be playing in Britain as well.

“I’m hoping for a new version of [the character] Draco,” says sophomore Adishi Ranjan. “I’d love if it incorporates [the] magical and the real world, like the books did.”

Incidentally, Fantastic Beasts will be Rowling’s screenwriting debut. Many of the members behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films, including director David Yate, will return to assist in production.

“I think that having Rowling write the screenplay will make it turn out a lot better, because a lot of the previous movies had too much of a Hollywood feel. Rowling’s writing will make it more real,” says Crane.

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will play the Hufflepuff magizoologist, or magical zoologist, who travels to New York City in 1920 to document magical creatures. Other well-known cast members include Katherine Waterson as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, and Ezra Miller as Credence.

Rowling continues to reveal hints and riddles on Twitter as to the nature of the new movie, and filming is currently underway in Liverpool. The film is expected to be made into a trilogy, with installments in November 2018 and 2020.

“I’ve always loved how Harry Potter opens your mind, and it changes your perspective on things that translate into real life,” says Crane.

Potterheads are excited and eagerly anticipating the spin off. Although the last novel was published in 2007, the last movie was released in 2011, and the Harry Potter timeline ends in 2017 (the year the epilogue takes place),  it seems as though the magic will continue for many years to come.