What do you think it is about the way that Rowling writes characters that speaks to us so directly? “She’s able to craft characters who feel, in many ways, part of us. They’re outsiders in some ways, or they’re figuring out their place in the world. They’re good people, but they’re struggling a little bit.
“There’s something really endearing and beautiful about that because everybody, at some point in their life, feels a little adrift, and is trying to figure out who they are and how they belong.
“I think the reason lots of people love [her] characters is because they’re not perfect, because nobody’s perfect. All her characters are a little bit flawed in some way. These are lovely, normal things, and she celebrates them.”
With this film, a new era of the wizarding world is being brought to life for the first time on the big screen. Did that change your approach as a director? “What was very exciting was being able to develop the screenplay directly with Rowling.
“With the Potter movies, we always had the book as the source material – and it was an amazing
GERI HORNER, 44, is letting her daughter choose her new baby’s name.
The former Spice Girl is expecting her first child with hubby Christian Horner and is involving her 10year-old daughter Bluebell as much as possible “to ensure she doesn’t feel left out”.