HOLLYWOOD – J.K. Rowling’s world of magic returns with Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The trailer for J.K. Rowling adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the internet today, but what do we really know about it? The Studio Exec FACT Squad grabbed their wands and broomsticks and headed to England to find out. Lumos Maxima!

One. It isn’t Star Wars: the Force Awakens and so not really of interest.

Two. Eddie Redmayne stars in it, but he doesn’t have motor-neuron disease or wear a dress, so hopes of another Oscar nomination are thin. He does say the word ‘smidge’ though.

Three. Like all best Harry Potter stories, it’s set in New York. This will please many Potter-heads who were dismayed when the original Harry Potter novels were all relocated to England for tax reasons. As anyone who has read the books can tell you, they were originally set in Arizona.

Four. Eddie Redmayne was in all of the original Harry Potter movies but you can’t see him because he was hiding.

Five. This will be the first screenplay that J.K. Rowling has ever written herself. Talking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec she discussed her unique technique for adapting her book. She said, ‘I cut out all the bits where they don’t speak and where the scene changes I write INT or EXT just beforehand.’

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HOLLYWOOD – Eddie Redmayne is to play Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter prequel Dumbledore Begins.

Warner Bros made the announcement late Monday and said the film will be released in 3D and Imax on November 18, 2016.  J.K. Rowling will write the screenplay and Potter regular David Yates will direct. The official synopsis reads:

Albus Dumbledore is a young teacher, full of ambition and hope. But his ideals are tested when he is sent to a remote boarding school where problem children have been sent. Here he finds himself up against a repressed and restrictive regime as well as damaged children who really don’t know what they want. However, Albus is not to be daunted and by getting the students to stand on their desks, refer to him ‘Captain, my Captain!’ and watch an old VHS of Dead Poet’s Society, while he agrees loudly in the background, he is able to transform their lives as well as coaching the local Quidditch team to take them all the way through to the Regionals! Dumbledore Begins is an uplifting drama that fully explores the meaning of learning and growing in a world of magic and fear.

Dumbledore Begins will be released in 2016.