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Eddie Redmayne’s Guide to the Beasts in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Eddie Redmayne’s Guide to the Beasts in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them creeps into theaters November 18th, and fans can hardly wait to dive back into J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.

Fantasic Beasts follows Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who gets expelled from Hogwarts and goes on to travel the world and studying various magical beasts. His studies lead him to write one of the most important school textbooks.

To Newt’s horror, some of the beasts, which he keeps stowed in a suitcase, escape to the streets of 1926 New York, and he has to recapture them before they expose the wizarding world to the muggles.

To prepare for the role of Newt Scamander, Eddie Redmayne spent time at wildlife parks observing animal handlers, incorporating his observations into his character. Speaking to NY Times, Redmayne divulged which beast is Newt’s favorite, and describes some of the others.

fantastic beasts bowtruckle

The little green fella in the above image is called a Bowtruckle, and it happens to be the beast which Newt is most fond of.
“They’re wonderful at picking locks,” Edie Redmayne explained. “There’s a specific Bowtruckle called Pickett who Newt loves. Pickett has attachment issues, and Newt lets him swing along in his top pocket.”

swooping evil fantastic beasts

The brilliant winged beast above comes with the ability to suck out brains. Nice.

“My inner 9-year-old is obsessed with the Swooping Evil,” Mr. Redmayne said. “He’s like this spiky ball with a thread that hangs down from Newt’s finger. When you spin him out, almost like a yo-yo, he unfurls into this terrifying creature.”

demiguise - fantastic beasts

The above beast is called a Demiguise. “It has this capacity to go from being visible to invisible, so their pelts can be used to make invisibility cloaks,” Redmayne explained to NY Times. Unfortunately this means the Demiguise is often hunted and quite rare.

To read about more beasts, head over to NY Times!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is J.K. Rowling’s debut as a screenwriter

How excited are you to meet the beasts from Fantastic Beasts on November 18th?