Here's Your First Look at 'Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them'

It's been a four years since the final Harry Potter film came out, but we're still experiencing withdrawals. Thankfully, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (another masterpiece from J.K. Rowling) is here to save us from our misery!

A few months ago, Warner Brothers confirmed that Eddie Redmayne would be starring in the film adaptation. Now, Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive first look at the film adaptation, and we can't contain our excitement. On EW's cover, Redmayne stands outside the Magical Congress of the United States of America, armed with a wand and briefcase.  

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to Harry Potter's adventures at Hogwarts, and tells the story of Newt Scamander (played by Redmayne), a popular magizoologist who specializes in the study of magical animals. The film examines Scamander's adventures, which begin in New York, as he documents each beast he encounters during his travels. 

Seeing that the story takes place decades before the Harry Potter series, you shouldn't expect any surprise appearances from our favorite trio of wizards. However, the film is in good hands! J.K. wrote the screenplay, and she will be assisted by director David Yates and producer David Heyman—two familiar faces who helped make Harry Potter such a huge worldwide success.  

For more scoop on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, check out the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, available this Friday. And be sure to watch the film, scheduled for release on November 18, 2016!