‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': First Look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander (Photo)

The Warner Bros. adaptation of J.K. Rowling‘s novel is set to hit theaters on November 18, 2016

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” excited “Harry Potter” fans earlier this week with a peek at the title design, but Warner Bros. really got their heart thumping on Wednesday with the first look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

The actor graces the newest Entertainment Weekly cover with a wand in hand as he stands confident in the American version of the Ministry of Magic.

The “Harry Potter” prequel, based on a J.K. Rowling novel of the same name, stars Redmayne as the magizoologist who goes on an adventure in 1926 New York, 70 years before Harry Potter reads his first book in school.

Other cast members of the fantasy film include Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight and Samantha Morton. It is directed by David Yates.

“Fantastic Beasts” is set to hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.

Take a better look at the cover below:


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