The “Harry Potter” film series saw a major shift in tone over the course of its run. Starting with children’s fantasy, it moved into gradually darker and more mature territory as it progressed. Sandwiched right in the middle of the run is “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” easily the most romantic and light-hearted of the series and the third most critically acclaimed of the run behind only the third and final films.
Now, series producer David Heyman has revealed that the upcoming prequel spin-off film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hopes to adopt the same tone and charm as Mike Newell’s ‘Goblet’. He tells EW:
“Mike [Newell] talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical – and it’s not that, but it’s got the humor of that film. It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humor, that very human, natural character comedy… [Beasts] is very funny, it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.”
Set in New York City seventy years before the events of “Harry Potter,” the story follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a world authority on magical creatures. The project is currently filming and is the first in a proposed trilogy of spin-off films.