A Golden Thunderbird Takes Flight On Striking Empire Cover For Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Empire has set sights on one rather glorious monster in particular – a golden Thunderbird, which is seen taking flight over Newt Scamander (Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne) on the outlet’s new, subscriber-only cover.

Due to hit newsstands on October 27, it promises plenty of big reveals along with a set report from David Yates’ imminent spinoff. Plus, in taking cues from The Daily Prophet, Empire also has plans to publish a very limited ‘moving cover,’ with more details expected to be rolled out sometime next week.

When it comes to Fantastic Beasts itself, Eddie Redmayne’s former Hogwarts student will be on a journey to the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). He’s packing a briefcase crammed full of spellbinding critters, and inadvertently unleashes chaos upon the streets of a wiz-phobic New York City once said case breaks open.

If you’ve been keeping pace with the film’s marketing pizazz, chances are that you’ll have already laid eyes on the majestic Thunderbird, but there plenty more beasts yet to be uncovered, and we can’t wait to see them light up the big screen. Joining Redmayne for the magical romp are Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Gemma Chan, Carmen Ejogo, and Ron Perlman as goblin gangster Gnarlak.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will take the Potter-verse and hauls it back into the Roaring ’20s when David Yates’ fantastical offshoot scurries into theaters on November 18. It’s the start of something very, very big over at Warner Bros., after it was confirmed late last week that the saga will actually span five films in total as opposed to the planned trilogy.