The first official photos from the long-awaited Harry Potter spin-off have arrived online. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them recently began shooting ahead of its theatrical release next year, with long-term Potter director David Yates once again at the helm of another magical jaunt.
Avid Potter fans will recognize the title, which features in the earlier books and movies as a Hogwarts textbook, yet Fantastic Beasts is an entirely new creation. J.K. Rowling is penning the script that’s set to revolve around Newt Scamander, the author of the textbook who lives in ’20s New York and works for MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), the US equivalent of the Ministry of Magic.
Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is tackling the lead role in classic style, as evidenced in this first batch of images from EW that showcase the period flair of the movie’s setting along with glimpses of the supporting cast. It boasts a ton of starry names including Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Gemma Chan, Ron Perlman and Ezra Miller. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to arrive on November 18, 2016.