‘Fantastic Beasts’ Plot, Character Details Revealed! Plus, What’s Inside That Mysterious Briefcase


This week has been lousy with new information about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new movie franchise written by J.K. Rowling about her magical Wizarding World. Earlier this week, the logo was revealed, as well as the first photos of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the main character.

Every day this week, new information was released that brings us a little bit closer to understanding exactly what this movie is going to be about, and this day is no different. Now, we have character descriptions and some semblance of a plot summary!

According to, these are the characters’ descriptions and their roles in the film:

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander


An eccentric globe-hopping English “magizoologist” wizard who’s far more comfortable around beasts and creatures than he is around other people. Comes to New York on a quest with his case full of magical habitats containing rare and endangered species.

Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein


An ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (aka MACUSA, the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic) who meets Newt. Tina is relegated to an office well below her abilities after she stood up for the wrong person. She longs to fight for what’s right.

Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein


Tina’s younger sister and roommate, a big-hearted free-spirit “legilimens” who can read minds.

Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski


An optimistic No-Maj (aka Muggle) factory worker/aspiring baker who gets introduced to the wizarding world when he meets Newt. Fun fact: He’s the Harry Potter franchise’s first Muggle main character.

Colin Farrell as Graves


A powerful auror and the right-hand man of the American wizarding world’s president.

Samantha Morton as Mary Lou


The narrow-minded leader of the fanatical Second Salemers, a group looking to expose and destroy wizards and witches.

I don’t like the sound of that Mary Lou character…

EW also had some interesting, magical information about what’s really inside Newt Scamander’s musterious briefcase! They wrote:

Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) comes to New York (for a reason we won’t disclose) with his trusty weathered case. This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles (who are called “No-Maj” in the States, more on that here) and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK (remember the Salem witch trials?). Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous … get out of their case.

That sounds amazing.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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