The first real photo from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is here. Entertainment Weekly unveiled the first look at the “Harry Potter” prequel, which shows Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, on Wednesday. The wizard is the main character in the film trilogy, which will chronicle his adventures studying magical creatures in the 1920s. However, if audiences were distracted by how cool Redmayne looks, they may have missed a few things.
1. Congress – The seal Newt is standing on clearly says Congress, and EW confirms that it says Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). Newt is in the American equivalent of the Ministry of Magic. The “Fantastic Beasts” movie will show Newt in New York, so it’s likely that that’s where MACUSA is located.
2. Hufflepuff Pride – Newt Scamander is a proud alumnus of Hufflepuff, a house at Hogwarts. He’s even still rocking his house colors with that golden waistcoat and black bowtie. In another photo shown on “Good Morning America” (via Mugglenet), the magizoologist even seems to be wearing a scarf with his house colors. It looks like costume designer Colleen Atwood kept plenty of references to his past at Hogwarts.
3. Lumos – Newt’s wand is lit at the end. It appears as if he used the “Lumos” spell, so it seems likely that “Harry Potter” fans will see some familiar charms.
4. Phoenixes – Pottermore confirmed that those golden birds on either side of Newt are phoenixes. The birds were always prominent in the “Harry Potter” series. Dumbledore’s pet phoenix, Fawkes, saved Harry’s life in “Chamber of Secrets,” and the anti-Voldemort group Order of the Phoenix used the creature’s name. Phoenix feathers were also in both Harry and Voldemort’s wands. Could the birds be just as significant in “Fantastic Beasts”?
Check out everything we know about the “Fantastic Beasts” film so far here. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be released in theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.