Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts will resemble Goblet Of Fire

The producer of Edinburgh-based author JK Rowling’s forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, says the new film will resemble the original franchise’s fourth instalment.

Planned to be the first in a trilogy, Rowling has penned the script for the movie, which is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins, and it focuses on magizoologist Newt Scamander, who’s travelling the globe to discover some truly magical creatures.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is being directed by David Yates – who helmed the final four Harry Potter films – but producer David Heyman says the new movie has a similar tone to 2005’s Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, which was directed by Mike Newell.

“It’s like the fourth. Mike talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical – and it’s not that, but it’s got the humour of of that film,” Heyman told Entertainment Weekly. “It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humour, that very human, natural character comedy.”

“And now David is always looking for truthful, human moments, it’s never just a gag, he’s grounding [the storytelling moments] in a reality, added Heyman, producer of all eight blockbuster Harry Potter films. [Beasts] is very funny, it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.”

The film will boast an all-star cast, with Eddie Redmayne starring in the lead role, alongside Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Samantha Morton.

Filming is already well underway, but fans can expect to wait a little while yet for the first trailer to appear.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is due to hit cinemas in November 2016, just months after Harry Potter sequel play The Cursed Child opens on London’s West End.

When the film was announced in 2013, Rowling said: “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.

“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”