It's time to go back to the magical world of Harry Potter! Entertainment Weekly released the first images from next year's prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and we have to say Eddie Redmayne looks magical as Newt Scamander on the cover of their new issue.
Based on J.K. Rowling's encyclopedia, which catalogs the various magical beasts that roam the wizarding world, the film will follow Redmayne's character as he embarks on an adventure in New York in 1926. Much of the plot is currently under wraps, but on the cover of EW we see Redmayne standing in the entrance of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA), i.e. the Ministry of Magic for Americans, holding a briefcase and a wand (below). According to EW, MACUSA is housed in New York City's Woolworth building, so that gives a tiny clue as to the movie's setting.
Aside from EW's cover image and eight photos from the set, they also released the film's first poster (below). Reminiscent of the recognizable Harry Potter design, the lettering for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also has slightly uneven letters, but instead of the lightening bolt we grew accustomed to on the "P" in Potter, the "S" in beasts is a serpent. Very cool.
Craving more information about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Learn more in this week's Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday.