fantastic beasts and where to find them, fantastic beasts, title design, logoWe're still more than a year away from the release of "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," but that doesn't mean we're not insanely excited to see more of J.K. Rowling's magical world. Now, the flick has revealed its first image: its toothy title design.

The image, which debuted on Entertainment Weekly, is as instantly iconic for the new "Beasts" series as the lightning bolt-centric title design was for the "Harry Potter" series. The font features teeth jutting out of several letters, and a large, twisted "S" smack dab in the middle, which resembles a serpent or dragon; both touches are a nice nod to protagonist Newt Scamander's job as a magizoologist (a.k.a. someone who studies magical creatures).

The prominent placement of the "Fantastic Beasts" lettering in the logo also suggests that that wording will stick with the franchise throughout the planned trilogy, with "and Where to Find Them" eventually getting replaced by future films' subtitles. The series could also adopt a "Twilight" or "Hunger Games"-style title format, with "Fantastic Beasts" appearing in the name, followed by a colon and the full title.

If it seems like this is a lot of speculation and excitement over a measly few words, let us remind you again of just who and what we're dealing with here: This is a new story set in the same world as "Harry Potter" (it takes place 70 years prior to the events of "Sorcerer's Stone"); it's written by Rowling herself and directed by longtime "Potter" helmer David Yates; and it features a sprawling, star-studded cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Gemma Chan, and Carmen Ejogo. Need we say more?

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is due in theaters on November 18, 2016. In case you couldn't tell, we can't wait.

[via: Entertainment Weekly]

Photo credit: Entertainment Weekly