The cast of upcoming “Harry Potter” prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has been busy lately. First, Eddie Redmayne premiered new footage of the film at the MTV Movie Awards last week, then the cast made their first public appearance together at CinemaCon. And of course, they’ve also been busy doing interviews, offering up little tidbits of information here and there. Here’s what we’ve learned.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will work its magic on screens starting Nov. 18, including in 3D, IMAX, and IMAX Laser. James Newton Howard will compose the film’s score.
Redmayne, who’s been a longtime fan of the series and stars as magizoologist Newt Scamander, spoke at CinemaCon about working on the movie. He called filming “an exciting amount of fun” and described the movie as “kind of dark, funny and light, emotional, and all of these things.”
He also praised writer J.K. Rowling.
“From the moment I read the script, J.K. Rowling has done something so unique,” he said.
As for his favorite magical element? Spells for everyday tasks.
“There’s actually a moment in the trailer where the girls just lay the table with their wands, and I found that kind of exciting,” he said. “You know, the banal stuff that’s kind of amazing.”
Waterston, who plays Scamander’s future wife, Tina, chatted with interactive website Pottermore about working with veteran “Potter” director David Yates, who directed the last four films in the series.
According to Pottermore’s news correspondent, Yates knew immediately that Waterston was perfect for the part of Tina because of the chemistry between her and Redmayne.
“Oh, he’s such a dear man,” Waterston said of Yates. “He brings so much joy to the set, but the real thing that trickles down from the top is his faith in this process because he’s been in this world before.”
The actress also discussed the director’s familiarity with J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
“He has a shorthand and a comfort with the world,” she said. “He’s not precious with it, he understands what it needs and what it doesn’t need and there’s something really comforting in that.”
Waterston also commented on the film itself, calling it “clever” and “rooted in truth.” She also echoed some of Redmayne’s statements regarding the tone.
“It’s got light, funny elements and then much darker, more adult elements,” she said. “I normally don’t respond so well to innocent lovely things, I think, ‘come on, let’s get on with it.’ But there’s something about this script and the way J.K. Rowling writes; it’s tender without being saccharine. It never lingers on the sweet parts but maybe that’s a slightly English thing: ‘Oh I felt something–moving on!’ No, really, it’s a beautiful film. It’ll kill me to finish filming it.”
Fogler, who plays No-Maj Jacob, was also interviewed at CinemaCon, touching on everything from his audition process to his costars to writer Rowling.
“Me, very much Dan Fogler coming to this role is very much like my character Jacob Kowalski coming into this magical world–I’m as in awe as he is,” Fogler said of the filming experience.
Fogler also revealed that he found out he got the part of Jacob while he was at Comic-Con.
“So I’m walking up and the throngs of people are coming and I’m like, a salmon swimming up-stream, then, I get this call and, I’m feeling so ugh, farty about myself, and then my agent says [on the phone] ‘Hey, where are you right now, man?’ and I’m like ‘I’m at Comic-Con,’ he’s like ‘Well, Comic-Con’s going to be a lot different next year,'” Fogler said.
Farrell’s role as Graves has largely been shrouded in some mystery, with little information on who Graves is–until now. Farrell discussed the character while at a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Mexico Fall/Winter 2016 event Thursday in Mexico City, describing Graves as “an incredibly powerful wizard.”
Farrell also revealed Graves investigates crimes committed against the American wizarding world, which somehow leads him to Scamander.
“I’m basically there to investigate crimes against wizards, against any type of dark magic among the wizarding community,” Farrell said in an interview.