Friday 9th Nov 2018
It’s premiere time! And it’s in Paris! And it’s the new Fantastic Beasts film! Too many feelings! Here’s what happened when Pottermore joined the action on the red carpet of the long-awaited world premiere, along with J.K. Rowling, and the cast of the film.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, out 16 November, had its world premiere last night at the UGC Ciné Cité Bercy in Paris, and suffice to say, everyone was out in full force to celebrate the big occasion.
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Zoë Kravitz, Jude Law and Claudia Kim joined director David Yates, producer David Heyman and, of course, writer J.K. Rowling to meet hundreds of fans, as everyone readied themselves for the second Fantastic Beasts instalment.
And we were there too – to say hello to the throngs of Wizarding World connoisseurs and the makers and stars of the new film.
First things first – what did Ezra Miller (dressed exquisitely in a PVC hooded coat) think would be the one word that would have new meaning after viewing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald? ‘Finite’, he replied after a dramatic pause. Well, that sounds pretty... final.
David Yates, who has worked on Harry Potter since Order of the Phoenix, told us it was a little strange going back to Hogwarts without the Harry Potter cast.
‘It was very strange going back,’ he admitted. ‘I walked onto the sets, it was the Dark Arts classroom and I thought, “Oh my god, Dan’s not here, Rupert’s not here, Emma’s not here, Matthew, Evanna...”’
‘It was just really weird without them around. And then Jude walked on, and it was, “Oh, okay, that’s cool, that feels like I’m home.”’
When it came to the rest of the stars, such as newcomer Callum Turner, playing Theseus Scamander, he seemed pretty star-struck by his first Wizarding World premiere.
‘It’s a really nice experience right now, you know, we make these movies isolated in a close-knit community and now we get to share them with everyone,’ he said.
Claudia Kim, playing Nagini, is also a newcomer to the Wizarding World, and seemed as curious as us to see what happens to her character.
Claudia, if you ever want to theorise with us, we’re available.
We asked Jude Law, who will be causing ripples in the Wizarding World when he debuts as young Dumbledore, what inspiration he takes from his character. His answer was short and sweet: ‘find humour in everything.’ It’s a good point.
For more highlights from the premiere, check out this reel – and enjoy all the Parisian glitz and glamour for yourself!
And the fun isn’t over yet - keep checking Pottermore once again, for the UK premiere is coming this Tuesday.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released 16 November.