Whether you're a Muggle or a fully-fledged wizard, you won't have missed the fact that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is released in cinemas on 18 November. Here's everything else you need to know about it, including the midnight screenings and other events taking place right here in London.
What is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?
Is it a new Harry Potter film? Sort of. It's written by JK Rowling (in her screenwriting debut), and serves as a prequel/spin-off to the Potter books and films. It's the first in a trilogy. We don't want to give too much away, but we do know that it's set, at least in part, in New York in 1926, follows a character by the name of Newt Scamander (a Magizoologist, nonetheless), and stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell.
Where was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them filmed?
FBAWTFT (what a mouthful) was filmed at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden. That's in Hertfordshire, so not quite London, but it's not Hollywood either, so we're counting it as one of our own.
Events celebrating Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
THE PREMIERE: There's a rumour that the premiere will take place on 15 November, presumably in Leicester Square. If you fancy hanging about in the square on the off-chance you'll see the cast, keep an eye out for further details. 15 November?
LAUNCH NIGHT PARTY: Waterstones Gower Street is open until midnight for those who want to get their hands on the screenplay as soon as it's published. There's a party instore from 9.30pm with games and competitions. Age 18+, fancy dress encouraged. £5, book in advance, 17 November 9.30pm-18 November at midnight
LAUNCH DAY FUN: Waterstones Kensington celebrates the launch day with Harry Potter inspired snacks, a drawing competition and a treasure hunt — fancy dress encouraged. 18 November, 8am-7pm
MINALIMA: House of Mina Lima in Soho will be exhibiting 40 original graphic art prints from the new film, alongside the Harry Potter artworks already on display. Free, just turn up, 18 November 2016-4 February 2017
MIDNIGHT (or thereabouts) SCREENINGS: There are a lot of them, so we're just going to list the venues which are showing the film shortly after midnight on 18 November. You'll want to book early:
- Everyman Barnet
- Rich Mix Bethnal Green
- Ritzy Picturehouse Brixton
- Clapham Picturehouse
- Hackney Picturehouse
- Picturehouse Central
- Stratford Picturehouse
- Genesis Cinema
- Cineworld Leicester Square
Know of any other Fantastic Beasts events or screenings happening in London? Let us know in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org