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Which is Eddie Redmayne’s favourite fantastic beast?

The Pottermore Correspondent

A close up of Newt's case, with the Niffler's claws poking out
Newt's case.

He plays Magizoologist Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but what is actor Eddie Redmayne’s favourite magical creature?

Newt Scamanader tracks, studies, protects and writes about the magical creatures of the wizarding world.

He travels alone, and when we meet him at the beginning of Fantastic Beasts he’s been out in the field for about a year. Newt’s whole life has become about his affinity with these creatures.

Actor Eddie Redmayne worked particularly hard on making his interactions with all the beasts in this film believable, moving and real. Like Newt, he knows he shouldn’t have favourites but he does.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Eddie confessed that his personal favourite is Pickett the Bowtruckle.

The Bowtruckle blows a raspberry
The Bowtruckle.

During the filming of Fantastic Beasts, Eddie told me a little more about his top three beasts and he seemed genuinely attached to them.

‘It’s really difficult because I fall in love with different ones every day,’ he said. ‘Pickett is my favourite. Pickett I adore because he’s clingy and he’s got attachment issues but I also love that he’s so spindly and stick-insecty. You almost can’t see his face but he reacts through his movement.’

Eddie told me that his relationship with the Niffler was a little more complex. 'I have a wondrous love-hate relationship with the Niffler. I think that Newt really actually adores his ballsiness.

‘The other one I love is the Demiguise.’ In fact, Eddie told me that the Demiguise appears in one of his favourite moments from the film, but we don't want to reveal that just yet.

We can’t wait for you to get to know these creatures like Eddie has.

Demiguise in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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