Teaser: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The tale of Newt Scamander’s dealings with magical creatures many years before Harry Potter reads his book at Hogwarts.


The wands of wizarding fans around the world are quivering with excitement as they eagerly await the latest magical instalment from the fertile and apparently inexhaustible mind of J.K. Rowling.

The Harry Potter author has announced, via her website Pottermore, that four “new pieces of writing” will land this week in a new series called History of Magic in North America.

J.K. Rowling in 2015.

J.K. Rowling in 2015. Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The first instalment – the length of which is unknown – will drop at 1am AEDT on Wednesday, with subsequent chapters released at the same time for the next three days.


The new writing will fill in some of the details about Ilvermorny, the name of North America’s counterpart to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

According to an announcement on Pottermore, the stories will flesh out the background to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the film starring Eddie Redmayne slated for release this year.  

“Magic in North America will bring to light the history of this previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world in the run up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” says the announcement. “And you’ll want to get up to speed before the film comes around in November. It’s going to be quite a week.”

In the movie, Redmayne’s character, a “magizoologist” called Newt Scamander, accidentally releases a gang of magical creatures in New York.