Dust off your wand, ’cos Harry Pot­ter spinoff Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them has ar­rived. We caught up with lead­ing man Ed­die Red­mayne to get all of the in­side deets.

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We chat to Ed­die Red­mayne to find out all about Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Set in 1920s New York, Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of Newt Sca­man­der (played by Ed­die Red­mayne) as he tracks down mag­i­cal crea­tures that are on the loose through­out the city. We sat down with the main man to chat about the epic new flick. TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHAR­AC­TER. Newt is a self-pro­claimed ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist. He’s lov­ing but slightly spiky. There’s a sense that he’s a bit dam­aged when it comes to re­la­tion­ships with hu­man be­ings. He gets on much bet­ter with crea­tures than he does with peo­ple. HOW DID YOU PRE­PARE FOR THE ROLE? I met lots of peo­ple who han­dle an­i­mals. This one woman was tak­ing care of an anteater who’d just been born at a sa­fari park. When it saw her, it would crawl up into a ball, and when she tick­led its belly it would open out. I don’t want to say too much, but we used that for one of the crea­tures. DID YOU GET TO MEET J.K. ROWL­ING TO DIS­CUSS THE SCRIPT? I ac­tu­ally did be­cause it was the first time she’d writ­ten a script and I think she was cau­tious about what her re­la­tion­ship with the ac­tor should be. I was so in awe of her and wanted to be all ‘lovely to meet you’, but we only had an hour so I just bom­barded her with ques­tions. What’s amaz­ing is that she’s so in love with her char­ac­ters. HOW DID IT FEEL WHEN YOU PICKED UP YOUR WAND FOR THE FIRST TIME? When you get to pick up a wand, it’s like you’re a nine-year-old who’s hav­ing the best mo­ment of his life. And you pick the thing up and you’re like ‘Why does it feel so weird? What do I do with it?’. I lit­er­ally got com­plete stage fright. It took quite a while for me to get used to it. THE HARRY POT­TER SE­RIES CHANGED ALL OF OUR LIVES. WHAT IM­PACT DID IT HAVE ON YOURS? Harry Pot­ter was this great escape ev­ery year or two where we could just go and sort of bathe in J.K. Rowl­ing’s world and just for­get all our trou­bles. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE HARRY POT­TER WORLD THAT MAKES US ALL WANT TO BE PART OF IT? I think it’s the es­capism that comes with two worlds liv­ing side by side. It’s like we all live our own lives and the idea that there’s a par­al­lel world go­ing on some­where that you could shift into… It just height­ens re­al­ity, doesn’t it, in a way that’s great for one’s mind.

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