It’s time to head back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter this month with the release of the much-anticipated cinematic spectacle Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And as we’re also celebrating our new Harry Potter wholesale gift raft range, we thought we’d take a quick peak into this latest offering of witchcraft and wizardry!
Though not a direct sequel or prequel to the Harry Potter series, the film is based on a textbook that trainee wizards Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley were introduced to at Hogwarts, and so is very much part of the same spellbinding universe that took the world by storm all those years ago.
Interestingly, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the first-time author J.K. Rowling has taken on the screenwriting duties for her own film adaptation, and so offers the best glimpse yet of the writer’s own cinematic vision for the magical realm she created.
The film is directed by David Yates, director of the final four Harry Potter films (Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2), and includes a hot-property cast with recent Oscar stalwart Eddie Redmayne in the lead role of writer Newt Scamander. The supporting cast is equally star-studded, with Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo and bona fide Hollywood legend Jon Voight among those picking up their wands for the first time.
The book itself was first released in 2001 to raise money for Comic Relief, but proved so popular amongst fans that a movie adaptation soon became inevitable – though we’ve had to wait a while to see all those Fantastic Beasts finally set free on the big screen!
The title isn’t an exaggeration either – there are indeed a plethora of rather fantastic beasts to find in this film, including the size-changing Occamy, the terrifying Nundu, the fearsome Graphorn and the phoenix-like Thunderbird, all of which are sure to enter the canon of great mythical creatures we’d love to see – but not actually want to meet!
To get ready for the film, we’ve embraced the world of Harry Potter ourselves with our brand-new wholesale gift range, including a stunning Hogwarts Crest Light, some magical Colour Change Glasses, and, for budding Newt Scamanders out there, a Hogwarts themed Notebook – because when it comes to Harry Potter gift supply, we’ve always been top of the class!
So, for Fantastic Gifts and Where to Find Them, be sure to check out the full range – and until then of course, enjoy the film!