Meet Newt Scamander.

Harry Potter” fans, you know what that means and why you should be excited. Yes, we have a star for the upcoming “Harry Potter” spin-off — or, at least, a frontrunner for a star. Though Warner Bros. isn’t confirming the news, Variety reported that recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is the favorite to play Newt Scamander “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” slated to hit theaters in 2016. 

The spin-off will take place in New York 70 years before the events of the “Harry Potter” series and will center on Scamander, the fictitious author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Also in this week’s 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Meryl Streep will cover Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen in her new film, HBO sets an earlier release date than expected for "True Detective," Lego announces their version of Disney Infinity, and the on-again, off-again development of an adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” is now… on again.

An enthusiast of time travel stories, film scores, avocados and Charades, Emily Rome is an alumna of Loyola Marymount University and a native of beautiful Washington State. Emily’s writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyNRome.