British author Newt Scamander arrives in 1920s New York with a bagful of magical creatures as part of a global study of fantastic beasts, but gets caught up in a conflict when some of the creatures in his care are accidentally released. With a strange dark force terrorising the city, Newt needs to find some allies to help him round-up the beasts, while saving his own skin in the meantime. Harry Potter prequel, starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell