The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE BIG PICTURE -

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”.

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