Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne dazzled in his most recent film, ‘The Danish Girl’ but he’s truly set to enchant in next fall’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’, set within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, albeit many, many years before the beloved modern day series. Redmayne portrays Newt Scamander, a magizoologist setting out in the 1920s to catalogue the magical creatures of the world, with which he will one day pen the titular text book which Harry and his schoolmates use to study at Howart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the present.
‘Fantastic Beasts’ is being directed by David Yates, who also helmed the last four ‘Harry Potter’ films, who opened up about the new movie and gave an inside scoop regarding one of Scamander’s mystical trinkets.
“Newt is a magizoologist who’s just completed a global journey to find and document magical creatures for a book he plans on writing. His case is important because it contains some of the creatures he’s been researching. It may be small, but there’s a whole world within.”
Judging by the trailer, some of those creatures get free!
“On some days we’ve had several hundred extras, all done up in 1920s costumes. We are going into the magical world, but we’re bringing the magical characters into the Muggle, or ‘No-Maj’, world.”
It’ll be up to Scamander and his new friends, including Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her sister Queenie Goldstein (Alison Studol) to wrangle these mystical creatures and get them back into the suitcase world.
Below is a new photo of Redmayne as Scamander toting his case:
Scamander will be accompanied by a Niffler, a pet-like creature with an attraction to shiny objects. As Redmayne describes, “They have this wonderful love-hate relationship… He’s incredibly aggravating and wonderful at same time. He’s a complete nightmare, yet Newt gets off on his playfulness and single-mindedness.”
Among the other ‘Beasts’ due to appear are: Bowtruckle, one of which was seen in ‘Order of the Phoenix’, a small twig-like creature; Merpeople, not exactly the lovely Disney kind, these frightening aquatic creatures appeared in ‘The Goblet of Fire’; Augurey, an Irish variation on a Phoenix, which hasn’t been seen in a movie yet, but appeared in the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘Chamber of Secrets’ video games; Ashwinder, a pale, red-eyed dragon-like creature which has not yet appeared on screen; Lethifold, a living shroud believed to be related to the Dementors, which also has never appeared in a movie; and Crup, a yappy dog-like wizard companion that hates muggles/no-majs.
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’, written by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates and starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan and Faith Wood-Blagrove, opens on November 18, 2016.
What other magical artifacts and/or beasts would you like to see in the movie?
Source: Screen Rant