Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a Fantastic offer to fans who want to see the next cinematic chapter in the franchise before everyone else. Accompanied by actor Eddie Redmayne, Rowling will guest at a special screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 12th at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Revealed on the venue’s website, tickets range from $25 to $1,000. Here’s where the sad news comes in: at the time this article went to press, the only seats still available were located in the Parquet and Second Tier sections, and tickets for both options begin at $250. That said, if you have the money and really want to go, your money will go to support the Lumos Foundation, the non-profit founded by Rowling in support of children around the world.
We're having a special screening of @FantasticBeasts at Carnegie Hall with Eddie Redmayne & me! Tickets for sale: https://t.co/GZ6tJtdzPV
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 27, 2016
The screening of Fantastic Beasts, based on a screenplay written by Rowling, will feature “an in-depth conversation” between the Harry Potter writer and Redmayne, who stars as magizoologist Newt Scamander. To give you some perspective, the film is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters a few days later on November 18, so it’s really only worth it if you (a) want to be in the same room as these two celebs, and (b) want to support a charity.
Fantastic Beasts is directed by David Yates, who previously helmed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as well as every Harry Potter film that followed. The story follows Newt, who makes a stop in Prohibition-era New York City on his worldly travels to study magical creatures. He comes at a time when the No-Maj (American word for Muggle) community is hunting down potential witches, an environment that’s exacerbated by escaped beasts from Newt’s magical briefcase of creatures.
Rounding out the principal cast are Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Ron Perlman, and Jon Voight. Tickets for theFantastic Beasts Carnegie Hall screening and conversation can be purchased here.
by Nick Romano