Wednesday 10th Aug 2016
To mark 100 days until the release of Fantastic Beasts, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has some magical new surprises for visiting fans. Pottermore went to check it out…
We are now exactly 100 days away from the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, on 18 November.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London are celebrating this exciting moment with a brand new, never-seen-before display of props and costumes from the upcoming film, and a special calendar counting down the 100 days, with 100 pages waiting patiently to be torn off.
As well as the miniature version of the magical exposure threat level device that graphic designer Miraphora Mina revealed to Pottermore as belonging to Auror Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), there are new wizarding books as well as other mysterious magical objects that you might have already spotted in the latest trailer. Put it this way, the MACUSA lobby elf must be wondering where his wand polisher has got to!
But the centrepiece of the new display is the quite remarkable collection of 1920s costumes, designed by Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood, worn by the film’s central four characters: Newt (Eddie Redmayne), Jacob (Dan Fogler), Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie (Alison Sudol).
The characters (well, their mannequins) even have their wands with them – apart from poor Jacob ‘I want to be a wizard’ Kowalski, of course.
Visitors to the Studio Tour certainly noticed the new additions and were intrigued by any fresh clues they might uncover about the film.
Neil Goulding, proudly adorned in an Expecto Patronum t-shirt, told Pottermore that he couldn’t wait to see wizarding world life across the pond.
‘I love it,’ Neil said, gesturing to the costumes. ‘I can’t wait to see how it’s all done in America. I want to see their world, especially since we’ve been talking about different wizarding schools this year.'
Charlotte, visiting from France and sporting a Ravenclaw scarf, came to London especially to visit the Studio Tour, and was enchanted by the Fantastic Beasts costumes.
‘I love that this film is set in the United States – it’s so cool,’ she smiled. ‘It’s really exciting to see what [the new beasts] will look like, because in the book we don’t really know.’
‘I think it’s amazing that everything is expanding,’ South Londoner Sophie added. ‘And [J.K. Rowling] has written all the new history and everything. I think it’ll be nice to see it all in a different era.’
So, only 100 days to go! Maybe we’ll camp outside the cinema now, just to be safe…