Sunday 22nd July 2018
This weekend, the cast of the new Fantastic Beasts instalment were out in full force at the spectacular Hall H in San Diego. Here’s how it all went down – including an appearance from a surprise visitor…
Hall H is renowned for having a magical atmosphere, and this year, that magic was tripled with the arrival of a special Fantastic Beasts panel for Comic-Con 2018.
Compered by comedian Aisha Tyler, the crowds were treated to a chat with the main cast, including our old hands Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston and Ezra Miller (dressed as Toadette from Super Mario, naturally) and our new friends from The Crimes of Grindelwald: Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, Zoë Kravitz and Jude Law.
Firstly, Eddie was greeted by a Newt Scamander cosplayer (so instead of a meet-cute, is this a meet-Newt?) asking him what Harry Potter character he would have liked to play. The answer? A fellow magical creature enthusiast, Hagrid.
‘He loves those creatures, almost as much, if not more, than Newt does,’ he said. ‘I’d have to eat a lot of protein and go to the gym continuously!’
After that, it was time for a brief interlude to check out the new trailer, which we’re sure you’ve already watched multiple times. If you still want more, you can check out our trailer breakdown.
Back to the panel, where Callum Turner, who will be playing Newt’s older brother Theseus in the new film, spoke of the importance of joining the Wizarding World.
‘We’re joining a legacy, the cultural footprint of J.K. Rowling’s work. In a hundred years time, we’re going to look back, and she’s the biggest. We’re joining that.’
Ezra Miller, returning as Credence, mused upon being both a huge fan and a part of the franchise.
‘There’s nothing to not geek out over. Every single aspect of this movie is a geek out fiasco,’ Toadette, sorry, we mean Ezra Miller, said.
‘Hogwarts, I mean, Hogwarts? Dumbledore? Nifflers? More Nifflers? Flamel? Give me a break. I could go on but there’s a schedule here.’ Yes, it’s fair to say Ezra sounded quite enthusiastic.
Meanwhile, Jude Law, taking on the huge role of Albus Dumble-law, sorry, Dumbledore, explained a little about the film to come.
‘It’s very much a “whose side are you on?” story,’ Jude explained. ‘Everything is at stake. I’d say the depths and the darkness in this story are possibly the darkest that this world has plumbed before.’
As for everyone else, this is how they summed up the film in one word...
When it came to playing younger Dumbledore, Jude explained to the crowd how he maintained the charm that we know and love from the Harry Potter books.
‘There’s a long way to go and obviously over those years he develops a penchant for kaftans and he loses his razor along the way. I’m happy that all of that is yet to come. David Yates, our wonderful director, really let me go free in establishing him in his own right – I hope there’s still many familiar character traits. He’s still mischievous and he has a particular way of influencing people. And he’s got secrets.’
Secrets, eh? We’re sure Jude isn’t talking about Dumbledore’s love of knitting patterns.
And just when we all thought the magic was over, Hall H was suddenly overwhelmed by an enigmatic presence: the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald! Yes, Johnny Depp arrived at the panel for a surprise cameo, much to the shock and surprise of the crowds, in full costume, Elder Wand in hand.
Johnny went on to deliver a rousing speech, in character to a truly enchanted audience. The surprise performance had the room hanging on every word. We’re intrigued about what it all means for the wizarding world in the new film…
Keep checking Pottermore this week for more updates on Comic-Con and Fantastic Beasts.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald is out in cinemas 16 November.