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Jessica Derschowitz
August 17, 2015 AT 02:44 PM EDT

Filming has officially begun on the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. announced Monday.

Principle photography on the movie is under way at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, England, where all eight of the previous Potter movies were filmed.

Fantastic Beasts is being directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter films, from a screenplay written by J.K. Rowling. It stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s leading magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures. 

The cast also includes Katherine Waterston as Scamander’s wife, Tina, and singer-actress Alison Sudol as Tina’s sister Queenie (Rowling revealed their surname — Goldstein — on Twitter over the weekend), as well as Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller as Credence, Samantha Morton, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and Colin Farrell.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, inspired by Scamander’s textbook of the same name, is scheduled to arrive in theaters on Nov. 18, 2016. 

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