10:05 am EDT, August 17, 2015

Filming begins on ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

~A new era in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World is upon us~

Warner Brothers has announced that the new Wizarding World series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has started principal photography!

As previously reported, filming is taking place in England under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the final four Potter movies. Various Potter crew members, including Producer David Heyman, Production Designer Stuart Craig, and Visual Effects Designer Tim Burke are also back.

WB used today’s announcement to confirm a few new casting details: Samantha Morton will be playing a character named Mary Lou, Jenn Murray will play Chastity, and Ezra Miller will be playing a character named Credence.

Here’s Samantha Morton, the only new cast member revealed today:

Previously announced cast members include Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, and Dan Fogler as Jacob.

A synopsis for the film doesn’t include any new details about the story penned by J.K. Rowling. “Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures,” it reads.

It’s been 1,494 days since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 opened in theaters. Who would’ve thought that just over four years later we’d be talking about a new Wizarding World movie series?

Fantastic Beasts opens in theaters November 18, 2016.

Speaking of news about Fantastic Beasts, over the weekend J.K. Rowling revealed an extra tidbit about sisters Tina and Queenie: They are Jewish.

Rowling confirmed they have a distant relation to Anthony Goldstein, a Ravenclaw student the same age as Harry who joins Dumbledore’s Army.

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