Behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts: Queenie Goldstein

The skilled Legilimens Queenie Goldstein set Fantastic Beasts alight when she first appeared on screen. Here’s the making of her character.

Queenie Goldstein, played by Alison Sudol, fixes her hair in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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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].’

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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.

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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.