Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Debuts First Trailer and Magical Creatures Are on the Loose

Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander in this highly anticipated spinoff

By Francesca Bacardi Dec 15, 2015 11:38 AMTags

It's finally here!

The long awaited, highly anticipated first trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has arrived. Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, a famous magizoologist who travels to New York with his trusty case that can obviously carry far more than it appears to, just like every other tote we've come to see in the Harry Potter franchise.

Within this case are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt's travels around globe. While in the Big Apple, Newt realizes the wizarding population is fearfully hiding from No-Maj. The first installment of the trilogy (!) is the story of what happens when Newt travels to wiz-phobic America and some of his creatures escape.

While Newt might be fearful of the U.S. and its wizphobia, it's Redmayne who is really nervous about the launch of the franchise. "The stakes are high because they were so good before," Redmayne told E! News. "You don't want to screw it up."

The movie will be released on Nov. 18, 2016. The cast also includes Colin Farrell and Trainwreck actor Ezra Miler.

"It's a complete privilege for me," Redmayne added. "I love J.K. Rowling. I love the Harry Potter films [and] books so for me this is just the most wondrous gift really."

Entertainment Weekly gave fans a first look at Redmayne as Newt, who looked dashing in a brown suit with a blue peacoat on the magazine cover. Standing in the Magical Congress of the United States of America with his wand and valise in hand, Newt looks ready to take on anything.

Although Daniel Radcliffe told E! News' Marc Malkin that he wouldn't be making a cameo, he did say that he's looking forward to what's in store. "I'm excited to see them, especially with Eddie," he told E! News. "He's awesome. I think it'll be fantastic. I'm intrigued to see what they're going to do."

Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Excited for "Fantastic Beasts" Movie

With the entire Harry Potter franchise under Radcliffe's belt, he knows a thing or two about the wizarding world. But what advice does he have for Redmayne?

"No, I don't think he needs advice, just like enjoy it," Radcliffe says. "I don't think there's anything to live up to as well, especially in a way because it's not like there's original source material which is a very strong narrative. You know the Fantastic Beasts book is really cool...I hope he's just enjoying it."

Based on the trailer, Redmayne definitely had some fun on set. Are you excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Sound off in the comments below!