“You’re an interesting man Mr Scamander. Just like your suitcase, I think there is much more to you than meets the eye. Kicked out of Hogwarts for endangering human life with a beast. Yet, one of your teachers argued against your expulsion. I wonder, what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you?”
Finally, the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ties the film to the Boy Who Lived. The story will be kept under an invisibility cloak until Warner Brothers’ marketing department decides it is time for the big reveal. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York with a peculiar suitcase that is filled with a menagerie of magical creatures. Magical creatures that don’t want to be in there. If we can believe Colin Farrell’s voiceover, Dumbledore is fond of Newt and if the past (for the narrative future) is anything to go by, anyone Albus Dumbledore is fond of tends to find themselves in perilous situations.
The two minutes is filled with intriguing developments and raises multiple questions, but the Easter Eggs threaded throughout the trailer is what makes it exciting. From the “muggle worthy” suitcase switch and the Hufflepuff scarf to the magically moving wall, the trailer is full of hints and hat-tips to the universe fans fell in love with. Fantastic Beasts isn’t a prequel and chronologically in the 1920’s Voldemort was a wee baby, but the mere mention of Dumbledore is enough to drive people into hysterics… don’t even mention the return of John Williams’ famous ‘Hedwig’s Theme’.
Written by J.K. Rowling, produced by David Hayman and directed by David Yates, the film is a big bearhug to the fans. All the elements that made Harry Potter a success are in place — the British humour remains intact, the mystery is flourishing and the wand waving returns. The phenomenon continues…