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Magic in the city that never sleeps

In "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," British magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) travels from Britain to New York in 1926 only intending to stay a few hours. Little does he know what's in store for him.

Scamander is born 80 or so years before Harry Potter, but he still has an influence on the young wizard. His "Fantastic Beasts" textbook is used at Hogwarts while Harry is a student there.

"Fantastic Beasts" is the first of five more Potter-related films. It opens Thursday worldwide. You can also look forward to our review of "Fantastic Beasts" and whether it can keep the magic going.

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Newt finds a friend

Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) meets Scamander when he arrives in the US to discover new magical creatures. When they meet, she has been demoted to federal wand permit officer at MACUSA, the Magical Congress of the United States of America.

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Finding friends

Scamander must find friends fast among the Americans. Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) and Goldstein are among the star-spangled best.

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Queen of magic

Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) is Porpentina's younger sister. The sisters live and work together.

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Enemies of magic

The Barebone family (Samantha Morton, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Ezra Miller and Jenn Murray) hates magic and the wizarding population and will do anything to eliminate them.

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Madam president

Seraphina Picquery, described by J.K. Rowling as a "famously gifted witch from Savannah," is played by British actress Carmen Ejogo. She is president of MACUSA.

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Right-hand man

Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) is the right-hand man to MACUSA President Picquery and heads up the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

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Talk about gangstas

The 1920s marked the height of America's gangster era, and it didn't just affect the No-Majs (No-Magics, the American equivalent of British Muggles). Goblin Gnarlak (Ron Perlman) runs The Blind Pig, a magical Harlem speakeasy.

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Keep on Bowtrucklin'

Scamanger and No-Maj pal Kowalski examine a Bowtruckle. The branch-like tree guardian looks harmless, but will gouge out your eyes if you threaten its tree home.

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All the news that fits

Henry Shaw Sr. (Jon Voight) is a 1920s newspaper magnate who disregards word of a magical community in the US.

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Naughty Nifflers

Nifflers may look adorable. But as Hagrid taught at Hogwarts, you wouldn't want one as a pet. They might just destroy your home while on the hunt for shiny objects.

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Size matters

Some of the "Fantastic Beasts" that Scamander chases are tiny. Others, including this rhinoceros-like Erumpent, are enormous.

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Don't mess with the graphorn

The graphorn, a hump-backed creature with two golden horns, can repel most magical spells -- which is a good power to have, considering its horn is a prized ingredient for potions.

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Thunderbirds are go

Here Scamander is seen with a Thunderbird, a magical creature closely related to the phoenix. One of the four houses in Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the American equivalent of Hogwarts, is named for this creature.

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Now you see it...

The Demiguise is a peaceful creature whose hair is sought-after because it can be woven into invisibility cloaks.

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Name says it all

You probably don't want to mess with a beast called the Swooping Evil, no matter how colorful and pretty it may appear.

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