Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Harry Potter fans, dust off your wands and cloaks because the much-anticipated Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released into theaters on November 18! [Insert Harry Potter theme music here and fireworks.] I know we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for this movie ever since it was announced in September 2013, but here are some things you might not have known:

For instance, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the first installment of five movies. [Insert internal screaming here.] That means that us Potterheads have at least five movies to look forward to that will connect us to the Wizarding World once again. Also, did you know that the Fantastic Beasts screenplay was written by J.K. Rowling herself? So it’s automatically going to be amazing.

Under the pseudonym Newt Scamander, J.K. Rowling published Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its companion Quidditch Through the Ages on March 1, 2001. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a required textbook for all first-year Hogwarts students, as is demonstrated by the school supply list Harry receives in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The textbook is a history of magizoology (the study of magical creatures) and describes 85 magical species and where they are located in the world. Our copy includes handwritten notes from Harry, Ron, and Hermione, though, so you might want to check it out.

The movie provides the background story for what was happening in the life of Newt Scamander right before he published his book. Sadly, we won’t be returning to Hogwarts, as this movie is set in New York City in 1926, but we will hear about some familiar characters (Do the names Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore ring a bell?). With all of the excitement surrounding the release of the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child back in July of this year, it’s a wonder Potterheads can still summon enough anticipation for Fantastic Beasts (HA!).

So, in preparation for this event, I suggest rereading your favorite parts of the Harry Potter books and re-watching the movies. The Aurora Public Library District just got a brand new set of the Harry Potter movies just waiting to be broken in. If you don’t have time to stop into the library, be sure to check out the Indiana Digital Download Center for books, audiobooks, and more.

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Accio, November 18!