BURBANK, CA: Leading up to the November 18 release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated feature Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling has crafted a collection of new original writing entitled Magic in North America, to introduce audiences to a new place and time in the wizarding world she has created.
The first installment, History of Magic in North America, was introduced on March 7 via the global launch of a 100-second specially produced video, serving as a prologue to the new piece by the best selling author. The video is now live on YouTube.
Meanwhile, the next four pieces enlightens readers about a previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world: North American witches and wizards, their history and their magic. The video, which was launched on March 8 broke simultaneously on selected media sites around the world and links viewers to History of Magic in North America. These will soon be available exclusively at pottermore.com.
The video and the writing provide context and back-story for the feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Rowling, who first conceived the wizarding world in her enormously popular Harry Potter books, introduces anew wizards and witches from other parts of Europe in the series, most notably in the Quidditch World Cup and Triwizard Tournament. However, this marks the first time fans will learn the fascinating story of the history of magic in North America.
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates. The film also reunites a number of people from the Harry Potter features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Completing the cast are Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and Colin Farrell.
The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.