Unlike her older sister, Tina, Queenie doesn’t take either her job at MACUSA or herself too seriously. ‘There’s this lovely self-consciousness about her and a great youthful spirit,’ says Sudol. ‘She’s not doing anything to be cute or get attention. She’s trying to go from A to B, but Jacob inspires her to feel fun and playful. It’s fun to let go of worrying about what people might think of you, and embrace being a kid [again].’
And that’s because people often underestimate Queenie, basing their opinion of her solely on her great beauty, a staggering oversight given she’s a Legilimens, or rather a witch or wizard with the ability to read minds. ‘She has within her a keen insight and an ability to not only read minds but have a clear understanding of what is going on,’ says producer David Heyman.
After Tina turns up at their apartment with Newt and Jacob in tow, life takes a turn for the adventurous and romantic as Jacob falls for Queenie – ‘Anyone would fall for Queenie because she’s gorgeous,’ reflects Yates – and vice versa. This despite the fact the rules of the Wizarding World expressly forbid people of a magical persuasion from interacting with No-Majs.
Read more behind-the-scenes facts in The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from HarperCollins.