fantastic beasts, fantastic beasts and where to find them, trailer, first trailer, harry potter spinoff, eddie redmayne, newt scamanderThe first trailer for upcoming "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is officially here, and while it doesn't give much away (it's being dubbed an "announcement trailer," whatever that means), it's full of enough Easter eggs to keep diehard Potterheads happy until the flick's release next fall -- or at least until the release of the full trailer in a few months.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Trailer No. 1
The clip begins with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) casting the "Lumos Maxima" spell seen in the "Potter" series, then dives into the Magical Congress of the United States of America (a.k.a. the American version of the UK's Ministry of Magic), where Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) appears to be carrying Newt's case. That case is crucial to Newt's work studying and collecting magical creatures -- and unfortunately, as Tina reports to the Congress, it's been opened, and some of its contents have escaped.

According to Pottermore, Tina is speaking with Seraphina (Carmen Ejogo), who appears to have some sort of leadership role in the Congress -- and she doesn't seem pleased that Newt's specimens are now roaming around New York City. Apparently, the Congress is even more secretive than the Ministry when it comes to Muggles No-Majs, and with Newt's mishap, they're all in a lot of trouble.

In addition to those characters, there are quick glimpses of a few other key players in the flick, including an auror named Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) and Jacob (Dan Fogler), who appears to be Newt's new assistant. There's also a scene featuring Newt taking a quick peek inside his case, though viewers can only hear, not see, its contents. Still, it's enough of a taste to intrigue us. And that last bit of music riffing on the familiar "Potter" theme is chill-inducing, to say the least. We can't wait for more.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" casts its spell in theaters on November 18, 2016.

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