Harry Potter may have ended its run five years ago, but J.K Rowling’s wizarding world lives on in the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, starring Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander.
However, instead of visiting Olivander’s shop – Eddie Redmayne and the other cast got to help design their characters’ wands instead. According to an interview over on EW, Oscar-winning Redmayne put a lot of thought into it:
“I sort of assumed that I would have a wand sort of plopped in my hand. But the reality is that these amazing props designers come, and then you have really a quite intricate discussion with [director] David Yates about what qualities Newt has. He’s not a showy guy, Newt, so I wanted it be to quite simple. So we decided to have the wand be made out of ashwood, and it has quite a few scratches and sort of burn marks — so that you could get the sense that he’s been traveling the world with it, and it’s got quite a history to it.”
“But for the handle, they were sort of talking about whether it should be horn or leather, and I didn’t like the idea of like animal products being used, given that he’s a zoologist. So in the end, they came up with this idea of sand shell… and it has a slightly mother-of-pearly feel. So we had all these discussions and went back and forth with designs, and when the thing arrived I was pretty excited. My inner 9-year-old was having a disco, and then I was actually presented with it!”
Fantastic Beasts, the Harry Potter prequel film, opens in cinemas on November 18. The film will see Newt’s enchanted briefcase full of magical creatures cause havoc during a trip to New York in 1926. Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterson) joins Newt. The character is an ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA, for short). Also joining them are her sister, Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). In addition, Fogler will be playing the franchise’s first main Muggle character.
Warner Bros. is so excited about Fantastic Beasts they’ve already announced a sequel, slated for next year.
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