I grew up with Harry Potter. I was six when the first book was published and I was nine when the first film was released. Needless to say, I was young but I was totally caught up in the hype that was Hogwarts and the Golden Trio. Granted, I didn’t finish the books until late in my life (due to religious reasons) and I still haven’t seen all of the films but I do own them and I am interested in my ‘place’ in this magical fandom. (Slyterins unite!)
Which, of course, brings me to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I am sold on the concept. Magic in 1920s New York? Count me all the way in! It combines my love of the time period, magic and of course the beauty of Art Deco New York. Not to mention Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander? I love Eddie. He is a wonderful addition to the beautiful cast of characters rounded out by Katherine Waterson, Alison Sudol, Ron Pearlman, Colin Farrell (yes!!) , Ezra Miller and Jon Voight. Isn’t this cast just as brilliant as the Harry Potter cast? The answer is yes, obviously.
But enough gushing.
The Magical World of Harry Potter in Orlando has a two week mega celebration on their hands and as a result, Warner Brothers is amping up the excitement around Fantastic Beasts and have released a new behind the scenes featurette with new footage and new cast interviews and let me tell you, this world and this film will be a beauty to behold come November. When even Redmayne, who has been in Les Miserable, says “This world, it’s been a wonder really. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of …It’s like imagination taken to the extreme” you know it’s going to be quite a joy ride.
The clip even features Sudol, who plays Queenie in the film, saying, “Sometimes I’ll walk around with something in my hand and I’ll forget that I can’t actually make things move [with magic].”
The entire cast and returning producer David Heyman and director David Yates have mentioned that this world is just as magical and beautiful as the one we’ve seen previously. They all are in agreement that this film is something to be excited for and I know we here at 4YE are immensely ready for this film.
You can watch the featurette below (which contains a glimpse of Farrell in action though no more details on his role have been released).
Michael Gambon has even jumped on the bandwagon for Fantastic Beasts. The actor has mentioned that he would be up for a return as Dumbledore, the ever endearing headmaster at Hogwarts. While Harry Potter and Beasts aren’t directly connected, they’re set in the same beautiful world created by JK Rowling just decades apart. So, in all reality, Gambon wouldn’t play Dumbledore himself, he’s a tad bit too old, but he has mentioned in an interview with the Express, he’d like to play Dumbledore’s father.
“I want to be in it, yes. They’ve got a Dumbledore. They’ll have a young Dumbledore, won’t they? But I could be his dad. They could flashback to me.”
Can we all get a yes please? Someone make this happen.
Either way, with a screenplay written by Rowling herself, and the production of the film in very capable hands, Fantastic Beasts will be a joy to behold when it’s finally released on November 18th of this year.
In the meantime, relive the gorgeous announcement trailer for the film below.
Also, did I mention that Inside the Magic reports Fantastic Beasts prop designer Pierre Bohanna revealed that Newt Scamander’s wand is made of wood, shell, and bone, which, by the way, is something I didn’t know could happen in the Potterverse. Make of that as you will.
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