'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' to Hit Chinese Theaters on Nov. 18

By | Oct 16, 2016 11:06 PM EDT
'Harry Potter' spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' gets a China release date on Nov. 18.

'Harry Potter' spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' gets a China release date on Nov. 18.(Photo : YouTube Screenshot)

Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to open in the mainland on November 18, the same day as the US and UK release.

Fantastic Beats, which was published in 2001, is adapted from J.K. Rowling's book of the same name, under the pseudonym Newt Scamander, the Yibada reported.

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Taking the audience again into Rowling's world of wizardry and magic, the setting this time will take place in the United States instead of the United Kingdom, according to the Global Times.

The story takes place some 70 years ago before the Harry Potter series when wizard Newt Scamander came to New York City bringing along a mystical creature hidden in his suitcase, which also happens to be a door to another dimension.

The Fantastic Beasts movie is directed by David Yates, who also directed the last four movies of the Harry Potterseries. And Tony Award and British Film Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne will play as Scamander. Other casts include Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Colin Farrell.

Meanwhile, the Fantastic Beasts book appears to be a reproduction of a book owned by Harry Potter as a student in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Flipping through its pages, readers especially avid fans will get to see some doodles and notes made by Harry and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

From the title itself, the book has descriptions of about 80 beasts, containing relevant information and observations Scamader made during years of travel across the world as a magizoologist, one who studies magical creatures.

The film is set to open on what looks to be a crowded month, as Marvel's Doctor Strange, Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and Fan Bingbing's I Am Not Madame Bovary are screening on November as well.

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