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New Animated Clip & Story Revealed for ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Animated clip accompanies new short story by J.K. Rowling that serves as a prequel to the upcoming Harry Potter feature, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’

Ahead of the fall release of director David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, author J.K. Rowling has unveiled an animated clip and 5,000-word story about the American Hogwarts, Ilvermorny.

Delivered via the Pottermore website, the story explores the origins of Ilvermorny, a school launched by an Irish orphan named Isolt Sayre. Like Hogwarts, Ilvermorny is comprised of four different schools, named “Wampus,” “Thunderbird,” “Horned Serpent” and “Pukwudgie.”

Fantastic Beasts, based on a prequel to the beloved Harry Potter series released in 2001, tells the tale of Newt Scamander, a famous Hufflepuff student who became a Magizoologist and wrote the text book on mystical creatures that the Hogwarts students read throughout Rowling's books. Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne will star in the film as Scamander who will find himself visiting Sayre's school.

Watch the animated clip below, and be sure to check out Pottermore Wizarding World Sweets and Treats, where there are plenty of fantastical fancies from the wizarding world and the Muggle world for Harry and his friends to gobble up:

And in case you missed it, here’s the fantastic teaser trailer from the film, released in April and showcasing stunning visuals created by VFX houses Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore, Image Engine, MPC, Milk VFX and Rodeo FX under production VFX supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters on November 18, 2016.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.