Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or simply Fantastic Beasts, is a 2016 British fantasy drama film written by J. K. Rowling as her screenwriting debut and inspired by Rowling's book of the same name. A spin-off/prequel of the Harry Potter film series. It stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jon Voight and Ron Perlman. It was released worldwide on November 18, 2016 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
In 2018, a sequel was released, entitled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob (Dan Fogler), a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
- Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander
- Katherine Waterston as Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein
- Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein
- Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski
- Samantha Morton as Mary Lou
- Ezra Miller as Credence
- Carmen Ejogo as President Seraphina Picquery
- Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty
- Jon Voight as Henry Shaw, Sr.
- Ron Perlman as Gnarlack
- Jenn Murray as Chastity
- Dan Hedaya as Red
In October 2014, the studio announced the film as a trilogy. The second installment is set to be released on 16 November 2018, followed by the third installment on 20 November 2020.