If you were to ask Newt Scamander—hero of the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them—New York City has no shortage of wonders. Around any corner, you might stumble upon an unusual character, an unbelievable innovation or a portal to the past. It’s moments like these that make up the fantastic tapestry of a town where just about anything is possible.
Though much has changed since the 1920s, the fantastic New York seen in the film is alive and well. Read on to discover the modern-day magic, native beasts, best-kept secrets and historic landmarks that make NYC such a fitting backdrop for the film. This is Fantastic NYC.
The adventures in the film are set in a magical dimension of 1920s NYC. Called “roaring” for a reason, the decade brought a surge of prosperity to the City—the height of the Jazz Age, the birth of the Broadway musical, the construction of skyline-defining art deco skyscrapers and the dawn of a new era of urban development. Many landmarks of the era still stand today, enabling us to see the City through the film's fantastical lens.
To see the New York City inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, just open your eyes. We’ve scoured the City for historic sites, hidden locales, resident beasts and enchanting experiences to create your own fantastic adventure. And more often than not, you’ll find magic is hiding in plain sight.
Discover clandestine, secret and under-the-radar parts of the five boroughs.
Join On Location Tours for a look at the #FantasticNYC locations that inspired those featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as iconic and historic landmarks that defined the landscape of 1920s New York City.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
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