Watch VFX Wizards Make All the Magic in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

It’s doubtful if any of the Harry Potter books could have been turned into movies without the benefit of modern visual effects techniques. And while so much of what you see in blockbuster movies is created by a computer now, it’s fun to see the old-school, on-set tricks used to make films like Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts Producer Says Jude Law Was Cast as Dumbledore Because of That 'Twinkle In His Eye'

When it was announced that Jude Law would be playing young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel (now called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Johnny Depp’s Hair), the response was largely: “That sounds fine.” It wasn’t rage-inducing, but it wasn’t cause for an ecstatic fan freakout either. It was, well,…

How Fantastic Beasts' Newt Scamander Represents a Rare Kind of Movie Hero

Though he’s the hero of the Harry Potter spinoff movies, Newt Scamander is no Potter-esque hero himself. That’s not just because he’s a new lead steering a new corner of the Potter movieverse in a different direction. It’s also because he’s quite unlike the typical heroic figure—like Harry and countless other male…

J.K. Rowling Recasts Harry Potter's Magic for the Delightful Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

There are few things more impressive than the imagination of J.K. Rowling, and it’s on full display in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter author-turned-screenwriter has begun an exciting new chapter in her wizarding world, set 70 years before the Potter story starts (and in America), and it very…

Newt Scamander Magically Tidies Up a Disaster Area in This Weirdly Satisfying Fantastic Beasts Clip

In this clip from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander uses magic to smoothly reassemble a room that’s been torn to pieces by one of his escaped creatures, hoping to cover his tracks. And he almost gets away with it. Too bad the hairless little critter makes a grand entrance and blows his cover.