Posted by Varia Fedko-Blake @varia
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Varia Fedko-Blake

On November 18, 2016, we will be travelling back in time to New York during the Roaring Twenties, where we will finally be introduced to a new wizarding society on the other side of the pond.

Indeed, the release of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is looming closer and closer, bringing a dazzling array of magical creatures and explosive events before our very eyes.

Yet, how much do we actually know about the Fantastic Beasts characters that will bring J. K. Rowling's greatly-anticipated screenplay to life? Although many of the actors appearing in the wizarding extravaganza may be familiar to us, the roles that they will be playing are not. Here's a brief introduction:

And now, delve in even further by familiarizing yourself with all of the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them characters ahead of the November premiere below:

1. Newt Scamander

Actor: Eddie Redmayne

Who is he? The entire premise of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them centers around the character of Newt Scamander, a British employee of the Ministry of Magic and a "Magizoologist" who studies creatures —hence the trip to New York with a briefcase full of beasts.

Looking back to his past, Newt's mother was a hippogriff breeder — an obvious reason why he became so entangled with the study of magical creatures in the first place. He began Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1908, being sorted into Hufflepuff, but was later expelled for endangering someone's life with a beast. At the time, Albus Dumbledore is said to have argued strongly against the expulsion.

Needless to say though, the authorities did not listen. Yet, promptly after getting expelled from the school, Newt joined the Ministry of Magic, working for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Later, he transferred to the Beast Division where he earned a slew of promotions in quick succession.

In 1918, Newt was commissioned to write the first edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In preparation, he spend years journeying to all corners of the globe inspecting its various magical creatures and learning about their abilities.

Finally published in 1927, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them became a best-selling textbook at Hogwarts, by which time the events of the movie adaptation had already occurred.

2. Percival Graves

Actor: Colin Farrell

Who is he? Percival Graves is another Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them character and is the Director of Magical Security at MACUSA. He works under Madam Seraphina Picquery, an American witch who serves as the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America.

In the movie, Colin Farrell's character is ordered to track down Newt after his creatures escape from his expanding briefcase. Here he is in the Fantastic Beasts trailer:

3. Mary Lou Barebone

Samantha Morton will pay Mary Lou — no official images available yet
Samantha Morton will pay Mary Lou — no official images available yet

Actress: Samantha Morton

Who is she? A No-Maj, Samantha Morton's character Mary Lou is a formidable character. Although we don't know much about her past in 1920s New York just yet, we do know that she is the leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society (otherwise known as the "Second Salemers"). This extremist group seeks to reveal and obliterate wizards and witches and generally campaigns against all magic.

A strict figure, she imparts a similar kind of discipline on her three children, one of them which is Credence.

4. Credence Barebone

Actor: Ezra Miller

Who is he? The adopted son of NSPS's Mary Lou, Ezra Miller is described as being troubled.

Shy and antisocial, Credence struggles to deal with his mother's strict rules and he is easily manipulated. Because of this vulnerable trait, he is also the prime focus of Percival Graves, who appears to bear some kind of influence over him in Fantastic Beasts.

5. Henry Shaw, Sr.

Actor: Jon Voight

Who is he? Another Non-Maj, Henry Shaw Senior is a US Senator in J. K. Rowling's wizarding world. The character is portrayed by Jon Voight and from the Fantastic Beasts trailers, we know he was present at his son's rally in New York, which was infiltrated by members of the NSPS.

6. Gnarlack

Actor: Ron Perlman

Who is he? Ron Perlman's Gnarlack is a goblin gangster that runs a magical speakeasy/nightclub in Harlem. As it stands, that's basically all we know.

7. Propentina "Tina" Goldstein

Actress: Katherine Waterston

Who is she? Born in the USA in 1901, Propentina "Tina" Goldstein lost both of her parents at a very young age, learning to survive independently with her sister Queenie from the very start. Both attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Following graduation, Tina worked for MACUSA as an Auror. Yet, when she came head-to-head with some of her superiors, she was sadly demoted to the lowly position of federal wand permit officer — a menial position well below her abilities.

She meets Newt in 1926 in New York and eventually marries him, moving back to England where they have a child.

8. Queenie Goldstein

Actress: Alison Sudol

Who is she? As already mentioned, Queenie is Propentina's sister and possesses exceptional beauty and kind-heartedness.

Like Tina, after graduating from wizarding school, she worked menial jobs at MACUSA, including as a wand permit officer. She is also a very gifted "leglimens" who can read other people's minds,

9. Jacob Kowalski

Actor: Dan Fogler

Who is he? An American No-Maj, Dan Fogler's character in Fantastic Beasts doesn't boast a colorful a background as the other protagonists in the movie but this doesn't make him any less important.

Having fought in the First World War, he returned to New York to work in a factory in the '20s, although he always had big dreams of becoming a baker. In 1926, after breaking up with his girlfriend, he collides with Newt and is prsent when all of the magical creatures make their swift escape.

10. Seraphina Picquery

Actress: Carmen Ejogo

Who is she? Born in the city of Savannah around the turn of the century, Seraphina completed her education at the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was offered a place in all four houses. This honor is offered very rarely to students so she is kind of a big deal.

She chose the Horned Serpent as her school house and is also said to possess the Violetta Beauvais wand with a core which is often accused of having an affinity for Dark magic.

In 1920, Seraphina became the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. As well as issuing mandates such as allowing wizards to drink alcohol (don't forget, this is the Prohibition Era), she also is forced to deal with the mass escape of beasts from Newt's suitcase in 1926.

11. Modesty

Actress: Faith Wood-Blagrove

Who is she? At present, not much is known about Modesty other than she is a little girl who possesses the ability to look deep into other people and understand them.

She is described as "haunted" character with "inner strength and stillness."

Who do you think will be your favorite Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them character?