Accio Firebolt! “Harry Potter” fans are going to want to hop on their broomstick and fly to England because the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” spinoff is underway.
Warner Bros. announced Monday (via Entertainment Weekly) that filming on the wizarding world spinoff started in Leavesden, England. The 2016 film, based off of the fictional textbook of the same name, is shooting at the same Warner Bros. studio that the “Harry Potter” franchise filmed at.
The Leavesden facility is home to 13 stages and has over 100 acres as part of its backlot. The area allows for a wide variety of filming, with the lot consisting of an old runway, open fields, woods, hills and “clear horizons,” according to the studio’s website.
After the success of “Harry Potter,” the studio also opened up an area for fans to tour in 2012. Located adjacent to the working studios, two soundstages and a backlot feature sets, props and costumes from all eight of the films.
Directed by David Yates, the new movie will follow Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist in the wizarding community. While “Harry Potter” was set in England, “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” takes place in New York during the early 1900s … but as Author J.K. Rowling revealed in October, Newt was “only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.” What happens to Newt? Fans will have to wait and find out, but it involves his research of magical creatures.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” was first mentioned in the “Harry Potter” books, but the characters will not cross over due to the time difference. According to the books, Newt began traveling the world to research creatures in 1918 and published the textbook in 1927.
However, fans are sure to develop new favorite characters. Eddie Redmayne will be joined by Katherine Waterston (“Boardwalk Empire”), Alison Sudol (“Transparent”), Dan Fogler (“Secrets and Lies”), Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”), Samantha Morton (“Max & Ruby”), Jenn Murray (“Truckers”), Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) and newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” hits theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.