It’s a new age of magic for fans of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, and soon we’ll get to meet the new quartet of characters at the center of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Harry Potter prequel story about the magizoologist Newt Scamander and his arrival in New York City in the 1920s. While there’s still a great deal of mystery surrounding the plot of this tale, a batch of character posters have arrived that tease dark times for the magical community and Newt.
EW debuted nine posters that feature Newt (Eddie Redmayne), Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), as well as MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo), No-Maj fanatic Mary Lou Barebone (Samantha Morton), Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), the goblin Gnarlack (Ron Perlman), and Percival Graves (Colin Farrell).
They all get their own posters, which include clues of what to expect. For example, Credence’s one-sheet features a wanted poster for Newt and Jacob for an alleged bank robbery. Gnarlack’s shows similar posters for Tina and Newt, both wanted for breaking the International Statute of Secrecy. Then there’s Percival’s, which includes the Deathly Hallows symbol. One theory is that he has ties with the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who used the Hallows as his personal marker.
To briefly recap what we know of Fantastic Beasts already: Newt arrives in Prohibition-era Manhattan with an enchanted case full of these beasts, and some of them break free and threaten to expose the magical community of America to the hostile No-Majs (i.e. Muggles). As the head of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, an organization that wants witches and wizards dead, Mary Lou is one of them.
She has an adopted son named Credence, who may have some magical talent since the Auror Percival takes a special liking to him. Percival is also the right-hand man of President Picquery, head of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), an American version of sorts to the Ministry of Magic.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on an original screenplay by Rowling, will hit theaters on November 18th. See the posters below.