With the press junket in full swing for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we’re getting all sorts of fun news.
The film is a prequel to the Harry Potter franchise, and still involves the Wizarding World created by JK Rowling.
It stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne in the role of Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who, for the record, was in Hufflepuff at Hogwarts.
It turns out Redmayne almost joined the world of wizards earlier. The character he auditioned for was on the darker side when he auditioned for the role of one of the most famous villainous characters ever.
During a recent interview with Empire, Redmayne announced that he did audition for the role of Tom Marvolo Riddle.
“I actually auditioned to play Tom Riddle when I was back at university,” Redmayne said. “I properly failed and didn’t get a call back. Over the years, I always hoped I might be cast as a member of the Weasley family, but unfortunately not.”
Tom Riddle eventually becomes Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter’s nemesis. The pair battle it out over seven books and eight films.
At first, the part actually went to Christian Coulson. Coulson played Riddle in the second installment, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, where he manages to enchant Ginny Weasley with a cursed diary. We also see him when Harry looks at memories in the pensieve in The Half-Blood Prince, where the role was played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane played the child and teenage Riddle, respectively.
Fun Fact is that Hero Fiennes-Tiffin is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who plays the grown-up Voldemort
Redmayne has had a stellar career to date. He has told stories of a few missed parts, which include Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and also Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Proof that not gettnig a part is no hinderance to winning roles that make your star shine.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in cinemas on November 17th in Australia and the 18th in the UK and USA.
Check out Eddie showing off his magical abilities to Benedict Cumberbatch and Bryan Cranston on The Graham Norton Show below.