At the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Comic Con event in San Diego over the weekend, Eddie Redmayne surprised Harry Potter fans by gifting them 6000 wands.
Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who comes to New York with a magic case full of creatures.
During the event he whipped out Newt's wand and tried to put a spell on the hall but, shocker, it didn't work so the 34-year-old said he needed help from the audience and proceeded to give everyone a wand. Dream? Yep. The crowd erupted in joy...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out on 18th November 2016 nationwide. Scroll down to watch the trailer.
On 11 April 2016, we wrote...
A new trailer for Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released, and it's packed full of magical spells, Colin Farrell appearances, and chic 1920s looks.
This new trailer gives us a little more insight into what we can expect from the highly-anticipated film, which is released in November 2016.
From stunning 1920s scenery to gorgeous period hair and makeup, the trailer proves this movie isn't just about magic and beasts.
There's plenty of action by the looks of things, however, and a lot to get excited about for long-time fans of the books and films.
Watch the full trailer here:
On 8 March 2016, we wrote...
JK Rowling has announced that she'll be releasing four new pieces of writing at 2pm everyday this week - starting today! Harry Potter fans, brace yourselves...
J. K. Rowling revealed yesterday that the collection of original writing will be comprised of four short stories.
The series - which will be called Magic in North America - plans to introduce to magic in a different part of the world. News that will surely thrill her American audience. It'll also give a bit of context to the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The news was announced via a post on Rowling's site Pottermore, explained: "Magic in North America will bring to light the history of this previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world in the run up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and you'll want to get up to speed before the film comes around in November."
The news was released alongside a teaser trailer:
We'd suggest you take your lunch breaks at 2pm today, people.
On 15 December 2015, we wrote...
The teaser trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them has been released and sees Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who comes to New York with a magic case full of creatures.
The trailer shows that somehow the suitcase is opened and the magic released onto the city, leading to all kinds of chaos.
The film also stars Katherine Waterson as Tina and Colin Farrell as Percival Graves and is written by JK Rowling as a spin-off to her Harry Potter series.
The first film poster has also been released.
The movie is set to be released on 18 November, 2016.
On 6 August 2015, we wrote:
It has just been announced that Hollywood hero Colin Farrell has joined the cast for the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and we couldn't be more excited.
It is rumoured that the star will play a wizard who goes by the name of Graves and meets Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) in New York.
As well as Eddie, stars such as Katherine Waterson have already been cast for the film, which will be directed by Harry Potter favourite David Yates.
No further information has been revealed as to what the True Detective actor will be getting up to in the film, but we're pretty sure Colin will cast a spell on audiences everywhere (sorry, we had to).
On 16 June 2015, we wrote...
Katherine Waterston has been cast as the female lead in the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The actress will star opposite Eddie Redmayne, who plays meets magizoologist Newt Scamander. Waterston plays the part of a US-based witch called Tina, or Porpentina, who meets Newt in New York.
JK Rowling has written the screenplay and Harry Potter director David Yates will direct once again.
Not everyone will be familiar with Waterston, although US audiences may be better acquainted. She appeared in US TV show Boardwalk Empire and also starred in Inherent Vice alongside Joaquin Phoenix.
She has also landed the role of Chrisann Brennan in the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic - Jobs' high school girlfriend and the mother of his first child.
On 2 June 2015, we wrote:
Eddie Redmayne has been confirmed as the lead in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spin-off movie.
The Oscar winner will play Newt Scamander, Warner Bros confirmed and is the film's lead.
"Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today's most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors," Warner Bros' Greg Silverman said in a statement. "We are thrilled to welcome him into J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, where we know he will deliver a remarkable performance as Newt Scamander, the central character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
In case you didn't know Newt Scamander is one of the "the Wizarding World's preeminent magizoologist," spending his time traveling the magical globe, documenting its creatures, and publishing a Hogwarts history textbook that Harry, Ron, and Hermoine slave over for hours on end.
The first film will be written by JK Rowling, along with Harry Potter director David Yates.
"Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity," Yates said in a statement. "I couldn't be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling's wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way."
It is thought that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a trilogy. It is set for a 18 November 2016 so a bit of a wait!
On 13 May 2015, we wrote:
There will be no pigeonholing of Eddie Redmayne.
Fresh from winning an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, the actor has now been offered the role of Newt Scamander in JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off, according to Variety.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them<span class="apple-converted-space"> is based on the Hogwarts book of the same name and follows the story of its author Newt Scamander - a "magiczoologist", a person who studies magical creatures.
Sources told Variety<span class="apple-converted-space"> that Redmayne is the top choice for the lead role, although David Yates, the film's director, is allegedly considering other actors too.
The studio are looking to cast the film's four other leads as well - two girls and two boys.
The upcoming film will also excitingly see JK Rowling make her debut in screenwriting.
"Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the<span class="apple-converted-space"> Harry Potter series but an extension of the wizarding world," Rowling previously explained of the trilogy.
Redmayne has recently finished filming The Danish Girl, in which he plays one of the first men to undergo gender reassignment.
On 16 October 2014, we wrote...
Harry Potter spin-off trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released as a trilogy of films in 2016, 2018 and 2020, according to reports.
This news confirms rumours from earlier this year that Rowling's book, published in 2001, would be split in three for the big screen.
There may even be more films planned for the series, as Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz reports the current plans are for 'at least a trilogy' suggesting there could be room for more movies.
The announcement came at a Time Warner investor event, where it was also announced that Netflix has secured the rights to stream Friends in the US and Canada, although there's no word as to whether our favourite (yes, we may need to move on) show will be available any time soon to UK subscribers.
On 31 March 2014, we wrote...
JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them could be turned into a movie trilogy, according to reports.
According to The New York Times, the book, which was published in 2001, will be adapted by Warner Bros. into "three megamovies".
The film company's CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed that the films, which will focus on a "magizoologist" named Newt Scamander, will be set in New York, 70 years before Harry, Hermione and Ron attended Hogwarts.
JK Rowling told the newspaper that it was Tsujihara who convinced her to make the films a reality:
"When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn't PR-speak but the literal truth. "We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I'd thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!" "When Kevin got the top job, he brought a new energy, which rubbed off. He's a very engaging person, thoughtful and funny."
The films are to be produced by David Heyman, who had recent success with Gravity, but no other casting details or release dates have been revealed yet.
On Friday 28 March 2014, we wrote...
Emma Watson just made Potter fans even more excited about that Harry Potter spin-off.
The film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will pre-date the Harry Potter stories by about 70 years - so as JK Rowling said herself, Harry Ron and Hermione WON'T be reunited on screen. But when asked if she'd like to appear in the films, Emma revealed to MTV News that she'd be "definitely be up for a cameo!"
So there's a chance you might spot Hermione in some form or other in the new movie.
Daniel Radcliffe has already said that he won't be involved in the film, but he wasn't sure about the rest of his co-stars. But JK Rowling has said she'd like the whole cast to appear in a interview conducted by Watson in Wonderland magazine:
"I tell you what I really want. I want you and Dan and Rupert in really heavy makeup in the background of a scene in Fantastic Beasts, and I'll join you and we'll sit in a bar room having a laugh for an afternoon. Do you not think that would be fantastic?"
Yes JK, yes it would.
On Wednesday 18 September 2013, we wrote...
Daniel Radcliffe has spoken about JK Rowling's new Harry Potter-inspired movie series, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
The Harry Potter alumnus has said that he thinks the author and Warner Bros will have "a great time" making the new movie. Speaking about Rowling's latest venture at a Sky Drama launch yesterday afternoon, Radcliffe joked: "I first thought, 'Thanks Jo, I'm going to have to answer tons of questions about this now'." He added: "I'm sure they're going to have a great time [making it]. I'm sure most people are really excited about it. Needless to say I wouldn't be involved in it and I guess none of the others [from the Harry Potter films] will be, but I know absolutely nothing about it." The flick - which will be JK Rowling's first screenplay - is set to include magical characters from the Harry Potter series. Speaking last week, the author revealed: "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world." Meanwhile, Radcliffe opened up about his intentions to tread the boards again after appearing in London's West End in The Cripple Of Innishman earlier this year.
He said: "I think it's like asking a woman after just giving birth if she wants any more… I may at some point, but right now I can't think of anything more exhausting. I've had an amazing time. It was slightly exhausting doing that at the same time as shooting this, but it was great. Radcliffe and Jon Hamm will return for a second series of A Young Doctor's Notebook in November.
On 13 September 2013, we wrote...
JK Rowling is set to make her screenwriting debut with a spin-off Harry Potter film based on Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
The film, (which is to have the same name as the textbook,) is to focus on the books fictitious author Newt Scamander.
"It all started when Warner Bros came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them into a film," Rowling announced via her Facebook page.
"I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realised by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt.
"As hardcore Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
"As I considered the proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
"Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.
"The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets under way."
Rowling first published a version of the book for Comic Relief last year.
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