Saturday 30th Jan 2016
An exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just been screened to thousands of fans at A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando.
Obviously we had to share what we discovered with you. Some things are too good to keep to yourself.
‘This world has been a wonder, really’
Oscar-winner, BAFTA-winner and now cast as the pride of Hufflepuff, Newt Scamander, actor Eddie Redmayne says that the world of Fantastic Beasts has been ‘unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of’.
We know that Newt visits New York with a case full of magical creatures. Some of them escape, potentially exposing the American magical world to No-Maj gaze. ‘And this one catalyst sets in motion this sort of insane amount of events that just cause chaos. And at the core of it, is this quartet,’ says Redmayne.
Alison Sudol sometimes forgets she’s a ‘No-Maj’
A quarter of the said quartet is Queenie Goldstein, played by singer-songwriter and actress Alison Sudol. It appears that Alison has grown rather attached to her character’s wand: ‘Sometimes I walk around and I’ll just have like something in my hand and I’ll just forget that I can’t make things move.’
She is also a big fan of J.K. Rowling’s storytelling: ‘There’s just so much meaning in her stories and so much heart.’
Alison also has some interesting comments about the relationship between the Goldstein sisters: ‘You have two sisters, who have raised each other and have a very deep bond.’ We can’t be sure but this shot makes it look like Alison knows what Katherine is thinking. Which is entirely possible – after all, she’s playing a Legilimens.
We got an exciting look at both sisters’ stylish 1920s costumes, and Queenie was also spotted walking up the stairs of MACUSA. Is she popping round to see Tina, or could there be another reason for Ms Goldstein’s to visit the American wizarding government HQ?
Tina Goldstein is a ‘soulful’ character
We last saw Katherine Waterston walking nervously into a sombre gathering of MACUSA wizards in the teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts last month. She looks much more relaxed here, talking on the streets of New York recreated at Leavesden Studios. Katherine says her character Tina is ‘Very soulful; she has a lot of heart and strengths and courage.’
Tina’s career at MACUSA has stalled but she’s certainly at the heart of this story. We saw some very intense moments with Tina, wand in hand and looking very serious indeed. ‘The job we have to do is to make it seem natural and you kind of have to ignore your own sense of wonder watching it,’ says Waterston.
We interrupt this article to bring you Colin Farrell
Well, we did tell you that coat was majestic.
The filmmakers are working ‘directly with J.K.’
J.K. Rowling tweeted that she’d had a ‘fun day’ on the set of Fantastic Beasts back in December last year. As director David Yates tells us, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is J.K. Rowling’s first screenplay: ‘It’s her magical universe but transposed to New York in 1926,’ he says.
A closer look at Seraphina
We were also treated to another look at British actress Carmen Ejogo in costume as Seraphina. The only word we have is ‘resplendent’. She certainly has presence.
Jacob is ‘trying to get his life together’
The No-Maj of the four, Jacob, has been a little off our radar. We got just a teeny tiny look at actor Dan Fogler in the trailer but this sneak peek goes some way to filling the Jacob-sized gap in our Fantastic Beasts knowledge.
‘Jacob is back from the war and now he’s trying to get his life together and open up a bakery. He just happens into this very magical situation,’ he says. Dan also believes that Potter fans will ‘feel the nostalgia and the love they have for the movies in a whole new light’.
This isn’t just Newt’s story; Jacob, Tina and Queenie are all at the centre of it. ‘All four central characters are outsiders. Part of the journey of this, for each of them, is coming into themselves,’ says David Heyman.
And finally…‘It’s like imagination taken to the extreme,’ says Eddie. In Hufflepuff colours, no less! Wear them with pride, sir. November cannot come soon enough.