J.K. Rowling’s world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen – without Harry Potter.
Studio Warner Bros. released the first trailer for the new movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, on Tuesday.
The film is inspired by the textbook of the same name which Harry and his friends studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The movie, which focuses on the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander (Redmayne), is set in New York 70 years before the start of Potter’s tale.
In a statement earlier this year, Rowling, who wrote the screenplay, said the film “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”
The trailer shows Newt – who has traveled the world documenting an extraordinary array of magical creatures – losing some of the “fantastic beasts” of the title while visiting Manhattan.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston and Samantha Morton.
It’s directed by David Yates – the filmmaker responsible for the last four “Harry Potter” films.
Release dates for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”:
Italy 11 November 2016
Belgium 16 November 2016
France 16 November 2016
Brazil 17 November 2016
Germany 17 November 2016
Denmark 17 November 2016
Greece 17 November 2016
Netherlands 17 November 2016
Portugal 17 November 2016
Russia 17 November 2016
Ukraine 17 November 2016
UK 18 November 2016
India 18 November 2016
Romania 18 November 2016
Sweden 18 November 2016
USA 18 November 2016
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