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Magical new 'Fantastic Beasts' posters hint at link to 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

By Time Out Film

It's now just 38 days until the new JK Rowling movie 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' will open in cinemas and return us to the wizarding world for the first time since the final Harry Potter movie way back in 2011.

It's the first movie in a planned trilogy, based on Rowling's book of the same name. It's set in 1920s New York and stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, who arrives in the city at the end of a global mission to research and rescue magical creatures. What he doesn't know is that the city is in the grip of a ferocious attempt by No-Majs (the American term for Muggles) to eradicate all elements of the wizarding community.

And now the film's makers have just released a brand new set of character posters for the film. Here's one of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander looking very at ease with a wand.

As well as Redmayne's Newt Scamander, we meet Tina Goldstein, who's played by Katherine Waterston.

Tina is described as 'a smart and determined witch who lives in New York and works for Macusa (Magical Congress of the United States of America). She was once an Auror but was demoted to a menial desk job after overstepping her duties when her heart overruled her head and she used unauthorised magic. She wants desperately to regain her status as an investigator, which puts her directly in the path of a visiting wizard named Newt Scamander.'

We also meet Percival Graves, played by Colin Farrell.

Percival is described as 'an Auror and the Director of Magical Security at Macusa, making him one of its highest-ranking and most respected officials. When Graves discovers that Newt Scamander has made an unauthorised trip to New York with a case filled with forbidden magical creatures, he is very suspicious of his intentions and concerned about the potential to break the American wizarding world’s most important law: the Statute of Secrecy.'

Intriguingly his poster features the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, three items – the Elder Wand, the Philosopher’s Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility – which when used together allow its master to become a Master Of Death.

What this Harry Potter connection means remains unclear, but the most recent trailer did name check Gellert Grindelwald, a wizard who Potterheads will know was after the Deathly Hallows. We also know everyone's favourite Hogwart's headmaster Albus Dumbledore ended up in an epic showdown with Grindelwald in the '40s, so there's a chance this necklace could hint at what we can expect from the Fantastic Beast sequels... 

These new posters have been release ahead of a global fan event for the film at 8.30pm on Thursday October 13. New footage from the film will be streamed online globally along with a live Q&A from London with key cast and crew from 'Fantastic Beasts'.

Watch the trailer for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'. Find out more about the global fan event for the film happening this Thursday evening here.

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