Fantastic filmmakers and an author responsible for a whole new world of magic can be found at Carnegie Hall on November 12, as JK Rowling hosts a special advance screening of "Harry Potter" spinoff/prequel film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" to benefit the Lumos Foundation. Joining Rowling will be director David Yates, star Eddie Redmayne, and additional cast members to be revealed later. Rowling and company will take part in a short discussion before showing the film.
In a year that also sees the official eighth story in the main "Harry Potter" epic, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," debuting as a theatrical production, "Fantastic Beasts" reveals another corner of the wizarding world, exploring an American community of witches and wizards 70 years before the events of Rowling's novels. Scholastic will publish script books of both "Cursed Child" and "Fantastic Beasts" in the US, but unlike previous entries these two stories are original to stage and screen, respectively, rather than novels.
Tickets are now on sale for the November 12 screening, which takes place after the world premiere but before wide release November 18. Tickets run from $25 up to $500, with all proceeds benefiting the Lumos Foundation, which works to move children from orphanages back to a family life.
The Lumos Foundation website has more information about the event.