Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 British-American fantasy film directed by David Yates. A spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, it was produced and written by J. K. Rowling in her screenwriting debut, and inspired by her 2001 book of the same name. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Colin Farrell in supporting roles. It is the first instalment in the Fantastic Beasts series, and the ninth overall in J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World, the franchise that began with the Harry Potter films. Principal photography began at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in August 2015, and was completed in January 2016. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered in New York City on 10 November 2016 and was released worldwide on 18 November 2016 in 3D, IMAX 4K Laser and other large format cinemas. The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed $814 million worldwide, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2016. The film was nominated for five BAFTAs, winning for Best Production Design, as well as two Academy Awards, winning Best Costume Design, becoming the first film in J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World to win an Academy Award.
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