Fans attending an event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando Saturday were treated to an exclusive look at “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Warner Bros. has been very secretive about the new film, which takes place in the world from the “Harry Potter” series. However, the featurette revealed a little more detail about the magical movie.
The clip reveals plenty of new footage, but it gave the most information on Dan Folger’s character, Jacob. He is a no-maj — someone without magic, which the British would call a muggle — who just returned from World War I.
“Now he’s trying to get his life together and open up a bakery,” Folger said. “He just happens into this very magical situation.”
His lack of magic doesn’t make him a side character. Producer David Heyman clarified that he is part of the central four characters, along with Newt (Eddie Redmayne), Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie (Alison Sudol). “All four central characters are outsiders,” Heyman explained. “Part of the journey of this for each of them is coming into themselves.”
Watch the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” video below:
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Redmayne previously explained that although the film’s title comes from a book that Newt will write, he isn’t the only star. “The assumption is Newt’s front and center, but it’s a quartet,” Redmayne explained to Entertainment Weekly in November. “So that feels like it slightly takes the [pressure] off. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.”
“Fantastic Beasts” follows Newt on a trip in the 1920s. While in New York, one of his creatures escapes from his briefcase. In wizard-phobic America, a magical animal on the loose is a reason for panic. The video above ends with the first synopsis writer J.K. Rowling posted in October: “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hits theaters Nov. 18, 2016.