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Title: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on September 17, 2013, 09:05:11 PM
On 12 September 2013 a short few paragraphs was posted through a Twitter post, a post (https://www.facebook.com/JKRowling) on Facebook and as an update to the official webb page (http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/#/news-events/latest/jk-rowlings-statement-regarding-her-screenwriting-debut) - all Jo's - that she had decided to return to the Wizarding World and was about to embark on her first project as a Screen writer! Within no time at all, the news spread over all of Internet; regular news sites as well as HP fan sites. (See JK Rowling to write new Harry Potter inspired film series (http://forum.discussionstation.com/index.php?topic=525.msg9435#new) under Headlines, for more info. )

The new film series, starring Newt Scamander, the famous magi zoologist who wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - (no, not everyone can be found in Hagrid's home  :fredgeorge: ), apparently is one of the characters that Jo knows quite a lot about, from her 17 previous years in this world. He has travelled the world and studied all these animals himself, apparently.  :hagrid:

How did you react to this news? Are you excited about the prospect of more magical films coming, or sad that we will not return to the characters we all love, but be introduced to completely new ones?
Is it boon or bane, in your opinion, that Jo will, this time, write the film manuscript herself?
Are you waiting for more information before getting involved or was your reaction something completely different? Spill your beans here!



So far, we only know that the series will begin in New York City in 1897, and follow Newt around on his travels over 5 continents. What do you think Newt was doing in New York City this year? Was he born there? Was he beginning his study of magical creatures? Did something special happen (in IRL history) that year in New York City that he might have been involved in? What do you think?

What do you think would be great if it was included - or avoided, for that matter?

Will this film also be shot from Leavesden - or will it be based in the US (or elsewhere)? Does it matter?

Do feel free to add any other thought or question on this new adventure to come, here!  :hagridfriends:

 
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: roonwit on September 17, 2013, 10:38:45 PM
So far, we only know that the series will begin in New York City in 1897, and follow Newt around on his travels over 5 continents. What do you think Newt was doing in New York City this year? Was he born there? Was he beginning his study of magical creatures? Did something special happen (in IRL history) that year in New York City that he might have been involved in? What do you think?
I doubt the story starts in 1897. Jo's website says
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Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
. That could mean a few dates, 1910 (seventy years before Harry was born), 1911 (seventy years before the first scene in book one) or 1921 (seventy years before Harry's story gets underway properly with Dudley's birthday and the visit to the Zoo). We do know Newt was born in 1897 [FB, About the author], but I think it much more likely the story starts during Newt's travels. We know Newt was a student at Hogwarts, then joined  the Ministry and it sounds like he continued to work there (eg. creating the Werewolf register in 1947 and the Ban on experimental breeding in 1965), researching for his book (commissioned by Obscurus Books in 1918) in his holidays and when his Ministry duties sent him abroad
I doubt Jo would change what we know of his backstory, so I think it highly likely that he is in New York as part of his research. His time at Hogwarts and the Ministry implies he is almost certainly British or Irish.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Buckbeak 26 on September 19, 2013, 08:55:40 PM
I just saw this on my internet this morning and am really looking forward to more Wizarding world even though it would not include the characters we know and love. I hope though that there will be refrences to Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall in the later movies. Here's hoping that these movies will be a cash cow for J.K. like the 7 books were.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: siena on September 20, 2013, 11:36:53 AM
I think it's a fantastic idea to return to the wizarding world with Scamander's story - that way, she can leave Harry's story as it is, but still return to her roots. It's of course brilliant that she will take things in her own hands this time around - I think everyone will agree. No less talented writer messing with her stuff.

I'm really looking forward to this - Fantastic Beasts is extremely witty and offers loads of ways to tell the different stories. Bring it on - as soon as possible ... ;D
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: roonwit on September 20, 2013, 09:24:38 PM
I just saw this on my internet this morning and am really looking forward to more Wizarding world even though it would not include the characters we know and love. I hope though that there will be refrences to Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall in the later movies. Here's hoping that these movies will be a cash cow for J.K. like the 7 books were.

I think it is unlikely we will get references to characters from the Harry Potter books. Newt may well have met Dumbledore, depending on when he started teaching, but I doubt he would be famous enough in Newt's field to get a reference, and McGonagall would be too young (or not born at all). There is also less space in a film for such overt references, though it is possible there might be references on props eg. a Transfiguration Today as part of background scene dressing.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: JaneMarple9 on September 21, 2013, 08:29:16 PM
Anything from Jo is of course, amazing, and it will be fantastic (;) ) to get more magical information even if it by film, but I would rather Jo had brought out the "Scottish book", an encyclopedia of Potter! :hermioneread:
It will be interesting how they'll do it seeming we know very little about Newt Scamander. except that Luna married his grandson ;)
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: paint it Black on September 27, 2013, 12:27:36 AM
I probably could check most of the boxes in this poll.  ::)  Mostly, I'm happy that Jo is writing, and that she's happy to continue to do so even though she surely doesn't need the income.  This new project does not excite me as much as if she were, say, starting a Marauders project, which would make me perhaps the happiest person ever.  :stars:  However, as I was re-reading parts of The Cuckoo's Calling today, I was reminded of how much I really enjoy Jo's dialogue and character development.  Seeing a film made from her screenplay, where the characters speak what she has written for them,  could actually turn out to be something really great.  She's a clever lady  :hermioneread: so I'm sure she can come up with some interesting tale behind Newt's discovery of those fantastic beasts.  I'll be looking forward to it!  :)
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Potter2005 on October 02, 2013, 11:59:37 AM
David Heyman is to return to produce the movie. :D
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: BillieMac on October 02, 2013, 07:29:41 PM
This isn't very interresting at the moment. I reserve my opinion for now.

It is in fact exceptionally interesting. Especially after reading Potter2005's post.
I'm a bit disappointed that David Hayman isn't directing, as GoF is my favourite HP movie, but I'll be eagerly following the updates.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Potter2005 on October 02, 2013, 07:40:02 PM
Mike Newell directed GoF.

Are you confusing David Heyman with David Yates?


I really hope they bring back David Yates to direct this movie :)
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: BillieMac on October 03, 2013, 06:35:39 PM
Mike Newell directed GoF.

Are you confusing David Heyman with David Yates?
Not a chance. I'm confusing him with Mike Newell.

For some weird reason, I can just never remember Newell's name, despite GoF being my favourite of the movies. Possibly because he only directed the one.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: siena on October 03, 2013, 07:08:36 PM
I agree with BillieMac - GoF is brilliant. I would love Mike Newell to direct Fantastic Beasts !
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Potter2005 on October 03, 2013, 07:40:20 PM
I love GoF too.

I'll be happy with them bringing back any of the HP Directors as long as they don't pick Alfonso Cuaròn.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on October 19, 2013, 07:35:19 PM
I love GoF too.

I'll be happy with them bringing back any of the HP Directors as long as they don't pick Alfonso Cuaròn.
I second that - all of it!  :fredgeorge:

David Heyman is to return to produce the movie. :D
This is almost as exciting as Jo writing it!  :stars: We know that he has the right feel about HP, so why not about this? Sounds really good.....

What I hope is that this will become another movie with real actors, great sets (and of course fun plot). As opposed to a cartoon or animated movie or all shot in CGI. We'll see... But the return of Heymann bodes well...  :whew:

Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: roonwit on October 19, 2013, 08:19:31 PM
David Heyman is to return to produce the movie. :D
This is almost as exciting as Jo writing it!  :stars: We know that he has the right feel about HP, so why not about this? Sounds really good.....

What I hope is that this will become another movie with real actors, great sets (and of course fun plot). As opposed to a cartoon or animated movie or all shot in CGI. We'll see... But the return of Heymann bodes well...  :whew:
I imagine Jo will have a big input into who directs the movie, what form it is in etc. so the director will be someone Jo is happy with and it will almost certainly have real actors, though I imagine there will be a lot of CGI for example for fantastic beasts, wizard world effects, and probably getting scenery to match the right historic period.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on October 20, 2013, 12:04:03 PM
What I hope is that this will become another movie with real actors, great sets (and of course fun plot). As opposed to a cartoon or animated movie or all shot in CGI. We'll see... But the return of Heymann bodes well...  :whew:
I imagine Jo will have a big input into who directs the movie, what form it is in etc. so the director will be someone Jo is happy with and it will almost certainly have real actors, though I imagine there will be a lot of CGI for example for fantastic beasts, wizard world effects, and probably getting scenery to match the right historic period.
I realise my post above might be easily misinterpreted. I am not against CGI as such, I think it can add wonderful effects and greatly enhance a film as proven in most HP films, LOTR, and many more films besides. I just think it is great when it is humans who do the brunt of acting as well as not relying extensively on CGI.

In HP the magical creatures were of all kinds: real animals, animatronics, CGI doubles and all CGI. One of my favourite behind the scenes insights from a HP ultimate Edition was to realise that the caged dragon that breathes fire in the forest, when Hagrid takes Olympe and Harry for a walk, was real in so far as it was built!!!  :mcgonagall2: A flame thrower with a dragon head and throat.... that brough "live" action to the set!  :norbert:
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: BillieMac on December 22, 2013, 11:17:25 PM
This is the closest thread I could find, and it is a related topic.
http://ca.movies.yahoo.com/news/j-k-rowling-co-produce-harry-potter-prequel-194911256.html
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: siena on August 23, 2014, 11:08:38 AM
I have just read this:

http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2014/8/22/david-yates-to-direct-fantastic-beast-films


What do you think?

I have to say I'm not keen - the Yates HP films are those I like least  :(
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on August 23, 2014, 12:13:57 PM
Aah, interesting...  :hmm: I like the thought that they'd brought in a director who is already familiar with the Wizarding World. Hopefully it means the look and feel of the wizarding world will be recognizable, instead of just another directors touch on it. As this is set in another part of the (geographical) world, with other characters and a different kind of plot, I think there is plenty of room for the story to take on a completely different look and feel from HP as it is. And so it is positive that the backdrop of the wizarding world will be dealt with by someone who has already shot four movies in it.  :thumbup:

I guess I would have been positive towards any HP director, even Cuarón whose take on HP was the one I liked the least. Since he introduced many creatures to us (like Buckbeak and Dementors) and they therefore was close to his visions, and he kept adding more magical creatures (like bats and infinitely annoying talking heads  :annoyed: ) to the film, I thought he was the one most likely to be approached. And yet they have approached Yates, who, I think, is said to work a lot with the human actors' characterizations, I hope this means there are going to be a lot of live actions with humans among all the creatures.  :hagridfriends:

The fact that they'll shoot it at Leavesden, is interesting too. Will the hordes comming for WB's Behind the Magic Exhibition get to glimpse things from the scamander film once it moves into production, or will they be able to separate the areas completely somehow?  :hmm:

I'm looking forwars to more info comming up on imdb.... Although at the moment no one's updated the entry there since March.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: paint it Black on August 23, 2014, 07:38:12 PM
I guess I would have been positive towards any HP director, even Cuarón whose take on HP was the one I liked the least. Since he introduced many creatures to us (like Buckbeak and Dementors) and they therefore was close to his visions, and he kept adding more magical creatures (like bats and infinitely annoying talking heads  :annoyed: ) to the film, I thought he was the one most likely to be approached. And yet they have approached Yates, who, I think, is said to work a lot with the human actors' characterizations, I hope this means there are going to be a lot of live actions with humans among all the creatures.  :hagridfriends:

Aw, I was actually hoping that they would go with Cuaron.  I loved PoA because I felt he added so much to make it much more of a *magical film*   :sirius: and less like a Harry Potter Moovee.  I thought he had the most potential to really bring out the Magic in the magical beasts and their stories.

I'm eager to hear some casting news.  If they could get Tom Hiddleston to play Newt Scamander, I'd be a happy happy girl.  The casts of the HP films have had some of Britain's greatest actors -- which ones haven't they used yet that you'd most like to see become part of the wizarding world? :wizard:
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: siena on August 26, 2014, 01:17:28 PM
I second you, paint it black. I  :heart: Cuaron's take on the magical world. His film and Mike Newell's I love best. In my opinion, they both added their own magic to Rowling's world, while Yates introduced so many unnecessary plot changes (whilst missing plot that would have brought the story forward  :annoyed:).

Tom Hiddleston  as Mr Scamander is a tantalising idea  8). I would LOVE Jeremy Irons  to get involved  :hearts: Maybe as an older Scamander?
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on September 28, 2014, 12:30:11 PM
I just searched for updates on this (no luck) but I did find this article from May 2014, which is funny because it comes off as a Muggle reporter trying to make sense out of replies that are alternatly given from the point of view of who Newt is in the Wizarding World and explanations a Muggle could understand. So for a laugh, check this out: Make Way for Newt Scamander (http://www.theguardian.com/film/shortcuts/2014/mar/31/newt-scamander-harry-potter-films-jk-rowling).  :fredgeorge:
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: roonwit on June 02, 2015, 06:45:35 PM
We have some casting news eg. from the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32973176). Newt Scamander will be played by
Spoiler
Eddie Redmayne
.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on June 02, 2015, 07:18:12 PM
It's exciting and fun that these kind of news are surfacing. Thanks for finding it and sharing!

I know nothing of this actor, but he looks kind. Anyone who have seen him in anything?

Actually, I have. I just realised that he played Marius in the film Les Miserables in 2012. So that's why he looked oddly familiar! What do you guys think of this casting?

Eddie Redmayne at IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1519666/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1)
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on June 02, 2015, 08:19:37 PM
I think Eddie Redmayne will be perfect as Newt. I am so excited to finally hear some news about this project.  However it is going to be a long wait for it to reach the big screen! (Nov. 18, 2016) Thanks for posting this great news, roonwit!
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: paint it Black on November 06, 2015, 08:08:41 PM
There is news this week about Fantastic Beasts from Entertainment Weekly: this article (http://www.ew.com/gallery/fantastic-beasts-where-to-find-them-jk-rowling-gallery) shows some photos from the set, this one (http://www.ew.com/article/2015/11/04/fantastic-beasts) gives a very basic look at the plot, and this one (http://www.ew.com/article/2015/11/04/fantastic-beasts-american-muggle) introduces JKR's newly-coined word that is the American equivalent of "Muggle".  Also, this new logo has been revealed:

(http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu226/albummy/fantastic-beasts%20A_zpsfeveaeqj.jpg)


So what do you think?  Do you like the look of the new film?

What are your thoughts about the plot?  Does it sound like an exciting film, or were you hoping for something different?

What do you think about the new American word for Muggle?  Do you think it will catch on amongst modern Americans in the wizarding world?


Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on November 07, 2015, 01:40:18 AM
 :) Can my smile get bigger? Thank you so much  paint it Black for these links! I think I am in many ways more excited about this movie than I am about the upcoming play. Perhaps it is because I know I will get to see this! It will be a whole new story and I am sure it will give us Potterphiles lots of new information. 

I really don't want to speculate on the story as I just know it will be JKR's vision and therefore the authentic story she creates about this magical world. The plot as stated in these articles doesn't give you much information, but what it does indicate is that It will be a rollicking great story which I can't wait to see!

The American equivalent of Muggle, sigh, it doesn't seem half as exotic as 'Muggle'. 'No-Maj', For my way of thinking does come awfully close to a distorted version of ' No-Marge' as in No Aunt Marge?  Ah yes, I think I have made a reach too far, perhaps? Anyway it will be lots of fun putting all this new information together with what we already know about the magical world. Hmm, wonder if we will learn of a magical American Academy?  :hmm:  
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on November 07, 2015, 02:42:45 PM
Thanks for the links, paint it Black! :)

As far as the logo goes:
I like that they've played with the "S" in the logo, it makes it an interesting looking one. And I agree that it has a kinship with the HP logo of WB's. So far so good, but at the end of the day it's just a logo that gives away nothing about the plot.

The other links holds more info, and I am glad I finally know who Porpentina and Queenie are, as previously any news on them meant nothing at all. The synopsis of the plot was by far the most interesting piece of info to me.  :) Don't you just love those extensive suitcases/bags and so on...?  :lol: I do look forward to this movie, as it will be a revisit to the Wizarding World (however much it takes place in a MUGGLE(!) area.



The American equivalent of Muggle, sigh, it doesn't seem half as exotic as 'Muggle'. 'No-Maj', For my way of thinking does come awfully close to a distorted version of ' No-Marge' as in No Aunt Marge?  Ah yes, I think I have made a reach too far, perhaps?
Unfortunately, I am with you all the way.  :annoyed: Muggle is so well known and accepted, why ditch it? Do wizards absolutely have to make English the same obstacle course as the MUGGLES ( ;p ) do?

Besides, it's no-Marge to me too...


Hmm, wonder if we will learn of a magical American Academy?  :hmm:
As of the Quidditch world Cup chapter in GOF, we know there is a Salem Institute at least...   :)
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: roonwit on November 07, 2015, 11:18:45 PM
Hmm, wonder if we will learn of a magical American Academy?  :hmm:
As of the Quidditch world Cup chapter in GOF, we know there is a Salem Institute at least...   :)
Jo squashed the theory that the Salem Institute was a magical school on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/607275327111458816)
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The Salem Witches' Institute isn't a school, but a joke on the Women's Institute in the UK.
I do like the abandoned idea of a pretend wildlife film on magical beasts though. I also think it might be a bit cruel to keep animals in a suitcase particularly as it seems from Hermione's beaded bag that they might get thrown around if the bag is dropped.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on November 08, 2015, 07:44:50 AM
Hmm, wonder if we will learn of a magical American Academy?  :hmm:
As of the Quidditch world Cup chapter in GOF, we know there is a Salem Institute at least...   :)
Jo squashed the theory that the Salem Institute was a magical school on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/607275327111458816)
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The Salem Witches' Institute isn't a school, but a joke on the Women's Institute in the UK.
Oh, I hadn't seen that. Thanks for clearing that up! :) What is the Women's Institute in the UK?  :mcgonagall2: Can you or some other Brit explain?


I do like the abandoned idea of a pretend wildlife film on magical beasts though. I also think it might be a bit cruel to keep animals in a suitcase particularly as it seems from Hermione's beaded bag that they might get thrown around if the bag is dropped.
Well, in theory such a film might be good... but according to that idea, it would have been WB's script and WB's idea, rather than Jo's. On balance, I'll take my chance with Jo's script. :)

As for the bag, maybe there are compartments within - to keep them separated -  and an anti-shaking Charm at place?  :hmm:


Also, my second thought on your bag comment was a reflection on the greatness of this wizarding world: I love the detail with which it's been introduced to us  :love:, why else would we even reflect - much less care - of this aspect to a pre-synopsis for a movie?!  :thumbup:



I just surfed by Pottermore, and they have more information about the Beast movie in a piece they call Everything we've learned about ‘Fantastic Beasts' this week, which is interesting because it holds a HUGE AMOUNT of more info than I've learned from any other source!

So, SPOILER ALERT to a level: Read only if you don't mind knowing more about what the plot is about and more about the characters and more as well: New info on Fantastic Beasts (https://www.pottermore.com/news/everything-we-have-learned-about-fantastic-beasts)!
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on November 08, 2015, 04:47:46 PM
Wowser! Pottermore's information is fantastic! It gave me chills. I'm really, really getting excited to delve into the movie now. How long do we have to wait? Thanks for the link, Evreka! [ :annoyed: I should have known to check out Pottermore!]
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on November 09, 2015, 08:59:12 PM
Today, the Pottermore Correspondent addresses the fact that somewhere near Leavesden [I assume], there has popped up a significant part of New York in 1926!  :o Did they use a bold combination of combined Time-Turner and PortKey? Maybe not.... Fantastic Beasts has its own New york City (https://www.pottermore.com/news/fantastic-beasts-has-its-own-new-york-city).
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on November 11, 2015, 07:30:46 PM
A couple of behind the scenes images from Fantastic Beasts can be found here (https://www.pottermore.com/features/fantastic-beasts-image-gallery) on Pottermore. "The image" on top, is really a slideshow, if you put your mouse on either end, arrows appear.

The second last image shows Newt displaying an interesting walking technique (particularly if he wishes to move inconspiciously)...  :P

No idea, what he's really doing. I wonder if there'll be a Beast in front of him in this scene in the film?
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on November 20, 2015, 09:28:32 PM
Apparently they were filming in Liverpool this week according to Pottermore's article (https://www.pottermore.com/news/fantastic-beasts-movie-films-in-liverpool).
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on January 22, 2016, 09:34:41 PM
More info about costume design and stunts behind the film from Pottermore:

Colin Farrell's Costume (https://www.pottermore.com/news/the-touch-of-glamour-in-colin-farrell-fantastic-beasts-costume) in which the costume designers first meeting with his character reads as:
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When Colleen first met the character, he was a collection of J.K. Rowling's words in a script, waiting for an actor to inhabit him.
  :lol:

Stunt coordinator Eunice Huthart on Redmayne's daredevil streak (https://www.pottermore.com/news/stunt-coordinator-eunice-huthart-on-eddie-redmaynes-daredevil-streak).
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: nellythemarrow on January 31, 2016, 03:15:22 AM
This featurette is pretty cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrp9wVO_74U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrp9wVO_74U). I had hoped to stay more spoiler-free than what they explain in this (though all they really do is talk through the main characters a bit and confirm impressions given in the trailer as to plot etc.) but I suspect they'll be promoting the story so much that it'll be near-impossible to stay spoiler free until November. It does look very exciting. I can't wait.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on January 31, 2016, 10:20:55 AM
This featurette is pretty cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrp9wVO_74U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrp9wVO_74U). I had hoped to stay more spoiler-free than what they explain in this (though all they really do is talk through the main characters a bit and confirm impressions given in the trailer as to plot etc.) but I suspect they'll be promoting the story so much that it'll be near-impossible to stay spoiler free until November. It does look very exciting. I can't wait.
For me, this reminds me a little bit of how it was in July-October in 2002, waiting for COS the film to premier in theaters. Before OOP was published (in June 2003), COS was by far my least favourite HP book(*) and I was initially not sure I wanted to even see it as a film!  :o But having joined a HP community in July 2002, it quickly ceased to be an option. Of course I wanted to be able to discuss it with the others! So I veered to not wanting spoilers instead, I thought... (Un?)fortunately one of the other members managed to come by incredible behind the scenes film stills of the not yet released film. It was impossible not to look and comment with the others.  :shake: But when I came to the theater I already knew how Lockhart, Fawkes, Myrtle,... looked. I mourned that a little. But at the same time I might not have been so excited about the COS film otherwise. Those images sure changed that - and I'm glad they did!

I think this situation is similar, because they need to get fans truly excited about the film whose intricate plot details no one knows. It's not a story that we all already love  :love: and 99% of all fans can not wait to see. We're sort of excited (by comparison) because it's from HP's magical world and written by Jo, but the story itself is unknown. So they give us promising titbits that are, this time, our sole information about the plot and its look and feel.

So our two options basically are, spoiled to a degree OR knowing nothing at all...

And yes, I loved the video you linked to. I am finally starting to get more excited about it too.... So their strategy is working on me...   :ginny:

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Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on February 02, 2016, 04:43:48 PM
November is a loooong ways away (and I am not just talking about the US Presidential election)! I, too am getting excited about Fantastic Beasts .... I  found a nice article that doesn't really have anything new in it but everything is in one spot. You might want to check it out including the Behind the Scenes featurette.   http://www.slashfilm.com/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-featurette/
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on February 04, 2016, 07:49:29 PM
Thanks for the link, HealerOne! :)

Pottermore has a new article on extras Behind the Scenes of the Newt film:
The Secret Life of Movie Extras (https://www.pottermore.com/news/the-secret-life-of-movie-extras) which I thought was fun and interresting (although there is NO Newt info at all).

Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on April 11, 2016, 09:11:08 PM
Trailer no 2 for Newt is out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViuDsy7yb8M

Pottermore articles:
Eddie Redmayne talks Newt on MTV Movie Awards (https://www.pottermore.com/news/fantastic-beasts-eddie-redmayne-interview-mtv-movie-awards)
16 Things Learned from New FB Trailer (https://www.pottermore.com/news/16-things-learned-from-new-fantastic-beasts-trailer)
New Creatures in the Trailer (https://www.pottermore.com/news/niffler-and-new-creature-swooping-evil-to-appear-in-fantastic-beasts) featuring a rewind video sequence of both so one has time to truly see them...  :thumbup:

What do you think of the trailer?
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on April 12, 2016, 05:47:51 PM
 :thumbup: Wow! Wow! Wow! Every new thing we find out about Newt's story makes the story even more interesting and enticing. I loved the Niffler and that bird or dragon or whatever it was flying about was beautiful. It makes it even harder to wait until November! Now I am going back and watching that trailer another dozen times!

Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on April 26, 2016, 08:22:19 PM
BREAKING NEWS TODAY!

 :stars: The film manuscript of Newt Scamander will be PUBLISHED as a BOOK on the day following the film's premier, ie 19 November 2016! More info from Pottermore!
https://www.pottermore.com/news/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-screenplay-announcement

And some more info on what MACUSA looks like:
https://www.pottermore.com/news/fantastic-beasts-stuart-craig-interview-macusa-salem-memorial
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on April 27, 2016, 05:17:37 PM
Ooh! Thanks for the heads up. JKR really is great about providing the HP fans all her works in written form. First the HP and the Cursed Child And now this. I'm sure she is aware that the fans want the 'cannon' in writing, so they can make sure they are basing their fantasy on what she is guiding them towards. Long live JKR!

I just clicked over to Amazon and pre-ordered my copy!
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: roonwit on July 01, 2016, 07:03:18 PM
According to Digital Spy (http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them/news/a799844/jk-rowling-has-already-written-fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-2/), Jo has already written Fantastic Beasts 2, and as she retweeted a link, I think we can assume it is reliable.
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on July 03, 2016, 02:43:09 PM
Wowser! This news hit me all unexpectedly! I am hyped now - a series of Fantastic Beasts movies. Wow! Great news! Now I really am having a difficult time waiting for the movie. Oh for a time machine!   :tardis:
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on July 28, 2016, 06:51:02 AM
;D Popped over to Pottermore and they have an interview with the four main actors in Fantastic Beasts from Comic Con: https://www.pottermore.com/news/exclusive-interview-fantastic-beasts-cast-san-diego-comic-con-2016
Not a whole lot about the plot but some nice moments about the cast.

Also they had "A Day with the Cast at Comic Con" which you might enjoy: https://www.pottermore.com/news/san-diego-comic-con-2016-with-cast-of-fantastic-beasts



 
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: HealerOne on September 30, 2016, 05:17:32 PM
 :yay: Here it is! The final Fantastic Beast movie trailer! https://www.pottermore.com/news/watch-the-final-fantastic-beasts-trailer

While you are over on  Pottermore make sure to look around and see the articles about the characters, beasts and  the Grindelwald connection for Fantastic Beasts. November 18th can't come soon enough!
Title: Re: Newt Scamander - Jo Returns to the Wizarding World
Post by: Evreka on October 02, 2016, 07:32:59 PM
That last trailer looks magnificent! :)

One thing feels like a huge oddity, though. This trailer makes definite hints to the hostilities between No-Majs and wizards in USA. And yet, the famous American wizard school Ilvermorny had a Muggle (or No-Maj) as one founder!!  :o How come?
Do you think this seeming miss-match will ever come into play by reference or whatever? What are your thoughts on this?



Post Merge: October 03, 2016, 05:37:29 PM


There's a lot of interesting material at ImDB now.

About the film (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183660/?ref_=nv_sr_2)

Everything they learned on their set visit (http://www.imdb.com/family-entertainment-guide/fantastic-beasts-set-visit/ls063497611?pf_rd_m=A2FGELUUNOQJNL&pf_rd_p=2620824622&pf_rd_r=0GF4RSGCSWW7RWABGJ9C&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_t=15021&pf_rd_i=tt3183660&ref_=tt_fam_fan2pack_cap_pri_2) leads to a page with 13 images and 13 info texts, displayed one pair at a time. (You get the next/previous one by pressing the arrow at the far right/left of the image.)

Also don't miss:
'Fantastic Beasts' Star Eddie Redmayne on Joining the Wizarding World, Working With J.K. Rowling (http://www.imdb.com/list/ls063448455/#1) (last updated 2 weeks ago)
Note that here are 17 tidbits of interview parts.