Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first spin-off of the Harry Potter saga, was about to follow a very different path from the other films in the series. Then came the ending episode of the saga with The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Warner Bros did not want this to be the final end, and shuffled several possibilities to continue expanding the wizarding world. And one of them was to make a mockumentary of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
During a visit to the set in London in December last year, David Heyman, one of the producers of the film, gave an interview about the plans thought about the film. He revealed that the first talks on the film Fantastic Beasts revolved around a very different idea.
“We were thinking what to do and Lionel Wigram, one of the producers of the film and the director who first sent Harry Potter back in 1997, he thought about what he could do and had the idea to make a documentary about Newt” confessed Heyman. “But I think at the end J. K. Rowling has found out about the idea, and did not want to have it ” he adds.
Everything was in Rowling’s Head
“Lionel had that idea. Rowling found out and said, ‘Well, I’ve been thinking about something’. And she already had this whole idea of some form. Since the project was launched, changed and developed over the course of one and a half or two years, “, says Heyman. “But she knows how it is connected to every part of the universe. She knows the history of magic before we were with Newt Scamander,” says the producer.
“She knows the history of the school where Queenie and Tina may have been. This is all in her head. She knows the creatures, their history, where they come from and so on. You know who the family of Newt, the family of Queenie and Tina are as much as she had resolved yet”, he explains. Heyman added “So when it began, she showed us the script and we went for it”.
Fantastic Beasts Arrives in November
On 18 November 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters, starring Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, a magician who charge you to write a book about fantastic creatures. The film is set in 1920 in the United States, decades before the events of Harry Potter. David Yates redirects the franchise, with a script written by Rowling herself.
Along with Redmayne, also other well-known faces like Jon Voight, who will play Henry Shaw; Ron Perlman, who plays Gnarlack; and Colin Farrell, who will play Percival Graves appear in the movie.
Apart from Scamander, there are two highly influential female characters. Their names are Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol). Together they form a pair of sister witches who will encounter Newt during his trip to New York.
In addition, Dan Fogler will play Jacob Kowalski, a Muggle who established a good friendship with Newt. The cast also includes Ezra Miller in the skin of Credence, Samantha Morton as Mary Lou, Jenn Murray as Chastity and young Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty.