Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a film set in the Harry Potter universe that will chronicle the exploits of Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s New York City.
The film features a screenplay by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and was inspired by Rowling’s book of the same name, which was ppublished under the pseudonym Newt Scamander in 2001.
Scamander, a wizard born in England who is an expert on magical creatures (or “magizoology”), will encounter wizards who’ve been trained at a school in North America. This institution will be presumably something like an “American Hogwarts,” and it won’t be located in New York City.
On Twitter, a fan recently asked Rowling whether the wizarding school “will … have any relevance to the Native American-Indian culture”. Rowling replied that “indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school. If I say which tribes, location is revealed.” In a follow-up tweet she added that the school will have a name “of immigrant origin,” not a Native one.
It will be interesting to see how Rowling’s conception of “Indigenous magic” stacks up against that of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, whose shape-shifting Quileute “Wolfpack” provoked mixed reactions in Indian country.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently in pre-production, with a tentative release date of November 18, 2016.