Wands at the ready, because something magical is about to happen! It’s been more than four years since the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, hit theaters, but fans can now return to that universe, thanks to Entertainment Weekly.
The magazine’s new cover features Eddie Redmayne in the first image from the upcoming Potter-adjacent film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Oscar winner, 33, plays magizoologist Newt Scamander, the “author” of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts textbook, which Harry and his crew use at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In the photo, Redmayne is wearing chic menswear (no robes!) including a cerulean blue peacoat and a brown bow tie. He’s carrying a suitcase and his wand and standing on a gold seal that reads: “Congress of the United States.”
Rowling, 50, has already confirmed that this film will feature an American-based wizarding school.
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The upcoming series of films, which are being penned by Rowling, are set to be released in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
The films will also star Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton. Few details have been released about the movies, and though EW calls the first one a “Harry Potter Prequel,” many die-hard fans have disagreed with this label.
Rowling herself has been very clear in the past that though Fantastic Beasts will be set in the same magical world as Harry Potter, there is a 70-year time difference and it will only feature few, if any, of the characters fans have come to love.
This isn’t the only Potter-related project Rowling currently has her hands on. She is also working on the two-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is a sequel to the Potter series and is set to debut in London’s West End in June.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.
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