Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first Harry Potter movie to not feature Harry Potter or any of his friends. The film, J.K. Rowling's first screenplay, is set in New York City in 1926. It follows Newt Scamander, a magizoologist mentioned in the seven-novel, eight-movie Potter series as being the author of the book that lends the new flick its title.
And holy crap, Entertainment Weekly's new cover story is a big development! It's our first look at Eddie Redmayne, who just won an Oscar for portraying Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, as Scamander. Plus, juicy new details! EW says the cover shows us:
"...Scamander, his pivotal briefcase in hand, standing inside the entrance of the majestic art deco-influenced Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA), which is the American version of the Ministry of Magic that’s housed inside the Woolworth Building in the film."
MACUSA! A brand new huge thing about the non-Muggle realm! This is incredible!
EW promises details about the story, the American wizarding world and more via interviews with cast and producers. There'll also be—make sure you're sitting down—more photos.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is due out November 18, 2016. David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter movies, is directing. And yeah, there's been talk about it launching a trilogy of "megamovies."