Fantastic Beasts World Premiere Press Conference Wrap-Up!
Today was the world premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the festivities started off with a press conference. Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, David Heyman, David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, J.K. Rowling, and Katherine Waterston took a quick photo and then dove right into the questions.
Starting with our queen, J.K. Rowling said that she’d always had a small character story for Newt, and when Warner Bros. contacted her about doing a Fantastic Beasts film, she wrote down right then just what the story would consist of.
The actors were all asked to describe their characters; Dan Fogler nervously exclaimed that he’d “never done this in front of [J.K. Rowling] before.” He went on to describe Jacob as the iconic “baker from the fairy tale.” Alison Sudol had nothing but praise for her character Queenie and mentioned that her skill as a Legilimens would come in handy. Katherine Waterson spoke on Tina having to step into something of a parental role after the Goldstein parents died, and Ezra Miller described Credence as the “aged child of violence.”
After getting asked if young Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald would be explored more in the later movies, Rowling didn’t have a lot to say but assured the audience that they would see Dumbledore as the troubled young man he was during his formative years. Hopefully, Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald will be explored more since it may be especially relevant to his defeat of Grindelwald in 1945.
David Yates said that developing the first screenplay was quite a process and that they knew it would be a trilogy; as they continued writing, Rowling told Yates that she had five rather than three stories. All of the actors were shocked but excited when they first heard the news; they knew that working with J.K. Rowling meant that their characters would be passionately written and imagined.
David Heyman confirmed that he has read the second screenplay and that it is absolutely wonderful. Knowledge of the original Potter series isn’t necessary to understand what is going on in the story but will obviously enhance the viewer’s Fantastic Beasts experience.
MuggleNet’s Creative and Marketing Director Kat Miller asked the actors if they had spoken with any of the cast members from the original Potter franchise upon discovering they themselves would be acting in the wizarding world. Ezra Miller said that when he got cast, the first person he called was Emma Watson. Eddie Redmayne said that he spoke with Ralph Fiennes, who told him that David Yates is an astonishing man able to juggle all of the different departments calmly and perfectly.
The actors were asked how much fun it was to work in the multi-dimensional wizarding world. Dan Fogler described it as “winning the lottery,” and Alison Sudol felt as if she were “living in a dream.”
When asked about her writing process, Rowling said that she usually generates a lot of drafts before she gets to the final piece. She said that she clearly doesn’t need to write anymore but that she loves it and has to. She said she’s capable of writing anywhere at any time and that she has written quite a substantial amount on the lavatory!
Even though there’s only a week left until the film hits theaters, it just can’t come fast enough.