J.K. Rowling is best known for her Harry Potter franchise, a series of books and movies that spawned over 10 years and saw the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson rise to fame. Next year, we will see Rowling's expanded Harry Potter universe. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was written in 2001, and explains the magical monsters and creatures that Harry Potter fans are sure to recognize -- such as ghouls, imps, centaurs, and the different species of dragons.
"The Most Anticipated Movie of 2016." Absolutely.
Recently, director David Yates (who also directed the final 4 Potter films) sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss some specifics regarding the film. You can read what they call, "6 Surprising Things We Learned on Set" here.
In short, the film, although set 90 years before the Harry Potter timeline, will have a different, more "grown up" feel and appear to be more modern than the Harry Potter films of the 2000s. The story will focus on 4 protagonists as opposed to one, and will even tie into the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s. What's most exciting is that there are already plans for a second and third movie. The magic and power of J.K. Rowling's writing will live on, for, at least a few more years.
I'm sure the movie will bring in a widespread demographic, seeing loyal Potterheads and new-comers alike. For now, we wait for 2016.
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