“Fantastic Beasts” Roundup: Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston on Movie Magic

Since the release of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer last Sunday, the Potter world has been buzzing with excitement and discussion. And of course, since that means a wave of more Fantastic Beasts news and content, we’re delighted. It’s only been a week since our last Fantastic Beasts roundup, but we’re already back with another bursting installment.

This week, we’ve heard from Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), who is relieved to have the content out in the public eye, Katherine Waterston (Tina), and J.K. Rowling herself.

Eddie spoke to Access Hollywood at Cinema Con this week about what he likes about magic, visiting the theme parks, and being a Harry Potter fan. Check the video out below.

Pottermore posted an interview with Katherine Waterston, where she spoke about working with director David Yates.

Usually on a movie, you’re going into new territory together, and you’re like, ‘Is there quicksand around the corner, are there going to be wolves attacking?’ Whereas David[ ha]s been here before, so he’s just like, ‘You’re going to take a left here and avoid the quicksand’.

He has a shorthand and a comfort with the world. He’s not precious with it; he understands what it needs and what it doesn’t need, and there’s something really comforting in that.

Waterston also spoke about the film itself and being a part of the richly imagined world.

It’s so clever, and it’s rooted in truth. It’s got light, funny elements and then much darker, more adult elements. I normally don’t respond so well to innocent lovely things; I think, ‘come on, let’s get on with it’. But there’s something about this script and the way J.K. Rowling writes; it’s tender without being saccharine. It never lingers on the sweet parts, but maybe that’s a slightly English thing: “Oh, I felt something – moving on!” No, really, it’s a beautiful film. It’ll kill me to finish filming it.

Jo also commented on her involvement in the film, saying that

this is a different level of involvement. I feel very very close to this project.

It was revealed at Cinema Con this week that Fantastic Beasts is one of the films chosen to be released in Dolby Cinema,

with its Dolby Vision high dynamic range format and with Dolby Atmos immersive sound for supported theater configurations.

You can read more about Dolby Cinema releases here.

And finally, on that trailer (if you haven’t seen it, you can see it here). Jo tweeted some thoughts, sharing the following on the content of the trailer (admittedly, not much at all, but enough for now).

Elsewhere on the site this week: 

Newt was Expelled? MuggleNet reacts. 

Nine thoughts on the trailer.

The beasts in the trailer.

Eddie Redmayne and the Niffler.

The Phelps twins on Fantastic Beasts.

The SpeakBeasty team discusses the trailer.

Episode 9 of SpeakBeasty was released.

That’s it for this week!

What has been your highlight of this week’s roundup? Let us know in the comments!