Though the Harry Potter timeline may have long since passed, Warner Bros. mission to send us back to the wizarding world just made a huge breakthrough. After being mentioned, rumoured and now fully confirmed, the news is out that Eddie Redmayne will be picking up the wand of Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.
Set to be part of a trilogy Warner Bros. revealed alongside their DC schedule, the first chapter will be handled by David Yates, who has a good knowledge of the magical realm, considering he directed the final three Potter films in the past. He’ll be taming various dragons, giants and other savage creatures in an effort to bring J.K. Rowling’s minuscule novella to life.
Where this sits in the Potterverse is even more interesting though, considering that Scamander’s adventures will take place some 70 years before The Boy Who Lived was even born. Could there be a chance for him to cross paths with a young Dumbledore? If so, I suggest you get Cumberbatch on the phone, there’s really no other choice.
Admittedly, there’s a long way to go between now and our first introduction to the mysterious magic man, but Potter fans might be best pencilling the date of November 18, 2016 when Scamander and all the other beasties arrive on our screens.
What do you think though? Are you excited to see a return to the world of Harry Potter without the titular hero? Or has the magic faded since Radcliffe and co. left us? Sound off in the comments below.