J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" has been long anticipated by many Harry Potter fans. But finally the wait is almost over, with the film being released in the upcoming week. With so many enthusiasts and movie-goers barely able to control their excitement, here are some fun and interesting facts to hold you over for the next week until the movie is released.

J.K Rowling's involvement

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is going to be J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut! Rowling has explained that this story is set to take place in New York in 1926 and is seventy years before Harry Potter even takes place.

She wrote the novel in 2001 and never expected the huge response it got. It is not a prequel nor a sequel, but a story to show more of the wizarding world itself. Already an incredibly loved and talented author, many are sure her screenwriting skills will be wickedly good as well.

Directing, and more to come

David Yates is directing once again and has directed the last four Harry Potter films. This will be the first movie in the Harry Potter series that is not based off of one of J.K. Rowling’s main novels. Fantastic Beasts is going to be a five part movie series, although it was originally set to be a trilogy. The second film is set to be released in 2018.

Who got casted and who was considered?

When it came to casting, Nicholas Hoult, who has starred in “Warm Bodies,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and "X-Men” was considered for the lead role of Newt. Eddie Redmayne, who is known for his roles in “The Theory of Everything” and “The Danish Girl” was eventually casted as the lead.

However, according to J.K. Rowling, Eddie was the original and only choice to play Newt and he didn’t have to audition for the part. Michael Cera was going to be considered for the role of Jacob, which is now played by Dan Fogler, but passed on the opportunity so he could lend his voice to the upcoming animated film “The Lego Batman Movie.”

You can catch the film in theaters starting next week Thursday.

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