The Harry Potter universe is about to enter the dreaded and dangerous world of prequels with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Although not directly preceding the films, Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920s New York and follows Newt Scamander as he researches magical creatures for his titular textbook that will later become required reading for Harry and the students at Hogwarts.
From current trailers and promos the film certainly looks stylish and slick, with a big effects upgrade and the nice mix of fantasy, humour and adventure the original films provided. Already slotted for five films, Fantastic Beasts features an ever growing star cast, with new names being added to sequels before we’ve even cast judgement on the first film. Studio and fan hopes are obviously high, but with the way that other similarly anticipated prequel series have gone in the past it’s worth holding a little reservation in case things don’t turn out as planned.