Friday 29th July 2016
Ezra Miller hasn’t been officially sorted into a Hogwarts house. He can’t bring himself to do it. Not yet.
‘It means too much to me,’ Ezra says, dead serious. The 23-year-old actor, who plays Credence in Fantastic Beasts, has been utterly dedicated to Harry Potter for most of his life. He may just be the biggest wizarding world fan on the set of the film. But like me, like you, and like anyone who grew up adoring the books, Ezra is very earnest (even a little protective) about what sorting means to him.
‘I respect the sorting process and I’m so on board with Pottermore – you guys are like Dumbledore’s Army, keeping it all alive. I know the Sorting [Ceremony] was written by J.K. Rowling, but I still can’t risk it. What if I get Slytherin? I couldn’t live with myself. I need to be in Gryffindor. If I didn’t get Gryffindor, I wouldn’t know who I was anymore.’
He peers at me over a polystyrene cup of piping-hot tea, thinking it through. The very fact that he wants to be in Gryffindor so badly would totally make him a Gryffindor, I say. The Sorting Hat takes your decision into account, I chirp; remember what Harry tells Albus Severus on platform nine and three-quarters.
He shakes his head, sighs slightly. ‘I guess I just can’t accept a sorting unless it’s by Helga Hufflepuff or Godric Gryffindor directly. I can’t take it unless it’s signed off by all four founders of Hogwarts. I mean, J.K. Rowling is all four founders of Hogwarts in a way, isn’t she? She’s all of them. But I certainly can’t think about that too much. Especially not when I meet her. It’s too much, I’ve spent too much of my life caring about it.’
Ezra met J.K. Rowling for the first time on the set of Fantastic Beasts, during the final week of filming. He whispers when he talks about it. ‘Meeting her was unreal,' he tells me. ‘I had so many questions. Talking to the person who created the world I’ve spent so much time in... it just didn’t feel real.’
It wasn’t just a life highlight for Ezra, it was a furtive research mission. Credence is a complicated, elusive character. We don’t know a lot about him yet... but Ezra does.
‘She whispered a few secrets about Credence’s future in my ear,’ he says. ‘I won’t be able to talk about it for so long.’
We cannot wait to bring you more details about Credence, more on Ezra, and more on his very sincere Harry Potter fandom. Try and guess how many times he’s listened to the audiobooks. Let’s just say that he could probably do a very good impression of Stephen Fry.