The "Harry Potter" spin-off film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will not come out until November 2016, but fans have already been treated to multiple looks of the star of the film, Eddie Redmayne. The February issue of Empire magazine has an all-new look at J.K. Rowling's latest hero, Redmayne's Newt Scamander, as he walks up a set of stairs in 1926 New York City.
Empire chatted with "Fantastic Beasts" producer David Heyman, who also worked on all eight "Harry Potter" films. In the conversation, Heyman teased a bit about Newt's background and his reason for visiting New York City.
"Newt is a magizoologist who's just completed a global journey to find and document magical creatures for a book he plans on writing," Heyman told Empire. "His case is important because it contains some of the creatures he's been researching. It may be small, but there's a whole world within."
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is currently filming at Watford's Leavesden Studios in England, the same location where the eight "Harry Potter" movies were filmed. While Heyman did not give many secrets away in regards to what kind of beasts Newt may be hiding in his magical briefcase, he did talk about the scale of the film.
"On some days we've had several hundred extras, all done up in 1920s costumes," he said. "We are going into the magical world, but we're bringing the magical characters into the 'Muggle,' or 'No-maj', world."
Earlier this year it was revealed that American wizards use the term "No-maj" to refer to a person with no magical abilities, as HNGN previously reported. The term used throughout the British-set "Harry Potter" books and films was "muggle."
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be released in theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.
Check out the announcement trailer for the film below!