Fantastic Animals and Where to Find Them: five things we learned from the final trailer

The Harry Potter movies this week topped a UK poll to find the most popular book-to-film adaptations of all time, ahead of Lord of the Rings, A Christmas Carol and The Shawshank Redemption. And yet, Alfonso Cuarns Prisoner of Azkaban aside, it would be hard to pinpoint any of the other seven movies made about the son wizard and his Hogwarts chums that is likely to be remembered as a classic in 20 or 30 years day. Might JK Rowlings Fantastic Animals and Where to Find Them buck that tendency? It has the advantage of being based on an original screenplay by the British writer, rather than an existing tome, which entails director David Yates shouldnt be forced to push too many Gryffindor shapes into Slytherin holes. And a newly released trailer suggests the American wizarding world into which Eddie Redmaynes swashbuckling magizoologist Newt Scamander is about to plunge could be richer than one of Hagrids famous stoat sandwiches. Here are five takeaways from our latest look at the new movie.

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The latest trailer for Fantastic Animals and Where to Find Them.

New Yorks witching community is seriously tetchy

OK, so Scamander appears to have crash-landed in 1920 s Northern america and almost immediately started to be release his entire menagerie of menacing beasties, some of whom look like they would swallow you whole as soon as look at you, on to the streets. But is that any excuse for all the angst? If Scamander doesnt get all his pets back in that peculiarly palatial little brown suitcase faster than you can say Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, it looks like all hell is about to break loose in Manhattan.

And theyre on the brink of war

Heres why. Where the Harry Potter volumes and movies always presented Britains Muggles as harmless chumps who could simply be obliviated if they accidentally spotted anything magical, the new trailer confirms North Americas No-Majs are a far more threatening breed. Armed police are seen in a Mexican standoff with wand-wielding witches, while Carmen Ejogos President Seraphina Picquery( head of the American wizarding community) reveals that conflict is brewing. Scamanders arrival looks like simply the spark to decide the whole world on fire.

Samantha Mortons Mary Lou is a Trumpian demagogue

Standing on the steps of city hall, preaching to her sinister followers, the grim-countenanced leader of the witch-murdering New Salem Philanthropic Society seems to be adopting a scorched-earth, divide-and-conquer policy in her efforts to convince New York that it is under threat from sinister unseen magical forces-out. Rowlings vision of America looks like a society split right down the middle, with neither side willing to budge an inch or give credence to the view of the adversary. Warn: this screenplay may contain traces of topical irony.

There may be a brand new dark wizard in town

President Picquery mentions attacks by a Grindelwald in Europe, and hints that something similar has been seen in New York. In the Potter volumes and movies, Gellert Grindelwald was a famous dark wizard whose early relationship with Albus Dumbledore ultimately corroded to the point that the pair duelled in 1945, resulting in Grindelwalds incarceration for more than half a century in the continental European fortress of Nurmengard. Grindelwald wanted to use the famous Elder Wand and other Deathly Hallows to become master of death, end the International Statute of Secrecy and institute a new system in which wizards ruled over Muggles. If he or his followers are out and about in 1920 s New York, it sounds like Mary Lou and her crew arent the only evildoers Scamander might need to worry about.

Ezra Millers Credence has some kind of secret

The bowl-cut-sporting Credence is Mary Lous awkward adopted son, and ostensibly another No-Maj. So whats he doing talking to Colin Farrells high-ranking New York auror Percival Graves? And why is Tombs rending up the streets with powerful sorceries after declaring: I refuse to bow down any longer? Is he secretly a dark wizard, or simply having a really bad day? Well have to wait until 18 November, when Yatess movie reaches multiplexes, to find out. Read more: www.theguardian.com

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