Will It Be JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts – Or Fascist Beasts?

JS74942148Bleeding Cool gets a tip off from a source working as an extra on the new Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them movie set the the world of Harry Potter – or specifically the world before it.

Set in 1926 America, we know that it will involve a a fanatical organisation called the Second Salemers who seek to expose witches and wizards in the USA.


Well, we hear of one scene that was filmed inside and around St George's Hall in Liverpool, doubling as New York. While there have been reports and photos that show the hall decked out in American flags, I've been told that the final product was closer to that of a fascist rally. And that there were  exterior shouts of protesters with placards supporting and opposing the John Voight character.

It may be that as well as going for a Salem-style feel, they may also be an allegory for the rise of fascism in the conflict between wizards and muggles – sorry, no-majs….

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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