The first trailer for Warner Bros. Harry Potter spinoff is light on plot, heavy on title cards.
If The Escapist forums can be used as any sort of barometer of public opinion, then it would be safe to say that the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be fighting an uphill battle to capture our attention (and money). When the first images from the film were released last month, critiques ranged from “This looks too much like Dr. Who” to “It completely misses the tone of the book” and the general consensus seemed generally deflated.
Based on that, I can’t see the trailer doing much to sway your thoughts on the Fantastic Beasts, but maybe it’s a bit too soon to make a definitive call either way.
In any case, Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be directed by The Deathly Hallows‘ David Yates and mark the feature film writing debut of J.K. Rowling. It doesn’t give much away in regards to the plot, but does feature more title cards than Asses of Fire 2, so there’s that.
Fantastic Beasts opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on November 18, 2016. The official synopsis is below.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander 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, 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.