Harry Potter was not only a revelation in literature, but also in Hollywood, where the series' eight films grossed more than $2.3 billion in the U.S. alone. So it comes as no surprise that the industry is bringing author J.K. Rowling's magical world back on screen with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which moved closer to reality now that it has locked Katherine Waterston in to star opposite Eddie Redmayne.
Waterston will play Tina, short for Porpentina, a witch who "works her magic in the U.S." alongside Redmayne's Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist" by trade. Rowling, who is writing the screenplay herself, has said explicitly that Fantastic Beasts is its own tale within the wizarding world, entirely separate from that of Harry Potter. She even mentioned last year that the story "will start in New York, seventy years before Harry's gets underway."
Waterston herself is a British-born American actress, but it isn't entirely confirmed that her character will be an American witch. Magic in the U.S. was largely left out of the Harry Potter series though, so fans are undoubtedly eager to get a peek at all the exciting things American witches and wizards might be up to, which are probably identical to what their British counterparts do, albeit with less interesting accents.
Although Tina's background hasn't really been painted yet, Rowling did recently give a tidbit about her sister, Queenie, who hasn't been cast yet:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters November 18, 2016, leaving just a five-year gap between films that take place in Rowling's wizarding world. Way to move fast, Hollywood.