Having come off the Easter weekend Harry Potter marathon (where I watched the series 3 times in total) I was ecstatic to see the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. First off, the music. The music always gets to me, so the addition of the Harry Potter theme to anything always has me grinning from ear to ear. Brimming with absolute joy. It just takes you back.
The trailer was absolutely brilliant, the fact that we’re moving from the familiar UK surrounding to the US. Taking the Wizarding world overseas (yes we know the familiar France and Bulgaria feature in the Goblet of Fire, so naturally there are wizards around the world.)
Eddie Redmayne, love, love, love the way he takes on the role of Newt Scamander. I actually can’t recast the role, as I truly feel he does a brilliant job. It’s like the Harry Potter series, you can’t imagine anyone else playing any of the roles. Casting perfection. A surprise for me, Colin Farrell. It’ll be interesting to see how he takes on Percival Graves to fit into the world.
I love the little bits we’ve seen in this trailer, especially those surrounding the suitcase. The Muggle worthy view option and the the Mary Poppins trick where the suitcase becomes a portal, actually a staircase to another space, was absolutely fantastic.
There’s just something so distinctly Harry Potter about this, the fashion, the lighting, the set, the charm of it all. Yes, you’ll be thinking, duh, because it is part of the Harry Potter world. But some people get it wrong, sometimes origin stories, sequels, prequels get it wrong, and from what I’ve seen here I’m thinking they’ve gotten it oh so right.
Plus it feels just like the days of Harry Potter releases, November. The fantastic month will bring the wonderful tale to our screens. I feel like I need to say something along the lines of Winter is coming, leave it with me, I’ll think of something savvy to say. Waiting in anticipation for the lead up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Oh and Dumbledore? Exciting!
I’m still smiling! Can’t wait!
(Wait, that wasn’t Maggie Smith’s Professor McGonagall at the end saying, “Mr. Scamander”? In my excitement I must have missed it months ago.)
Trailers and videos courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures