Transcript: “Fantastic Beasts” World Premiere Red Carpet Interviews

Hear from cast and crew, past and present, on their excited thoughts about this new film series. Check out the full Facebook Live event video here or read their full transcript interviews below.

Faith Wood-Blagrove ”Fantastic Beasts” Red Carpet - November 10, 2016

Transcribed by Tracy Dunstan

Kat Miller: Hi, Faith. Kat with MuggleNet. Nice to meet you.

Faith Wood-Blagrove Nice to meet you.

Kat: So you haven’t seen the film yet. That’s amazing.

Faith: No.

Kat: You were really amazing. Very creepy.

Faith: Thank you.

Kat: When you first got the script, how did it feel to know that you were going to be a part of this ginormous world?

Faith: Kind of unbelievable. Obviously, I had no idea it would be this big. I was just like, “Ah!” When I skipped through a couple [of] pages of the [script], I was like, “Wow, this is amazing.” The scenes, the content, is just amazing. How does J.K. come up with this stuff? I never know.

Kat: We wonder that, too.

[Faith laughs]

The Leaky Cauldron: [unintelligible]

Faith: All of them. Amazing.

Leaky Cauldron: Can you talk about how you got through that?

Faith: Yeah, sure. It was a long, long process. In most of the places, I sat with really nice girls and stuff, so it was really, really nice to talk to them, like how they saw acting and stuff. Like told them how I started. It was really nice because I sat next to some really nice people. I remember in the second round I sat next to a really nice girl, and she told me how she got into acting, and she was really nice.

Kat: Did you contact, or did you have contact with any Harry Potter stars? Did you ask how they went through this whole ordeal? Or did you have anyone give you any advice about it?

Faith: Ezra. He was my bro from the start. He was my helper. He was helping me get into all of it.

Kat: Had you read Harry Potter before? So you’re familiar with the world?

Faith: I’ve started reading the first one, but I haven’t actually read all the books. I tried reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but I couldn’t read it because I’m dyslexic, and it’s really hard. So I tried reading it. I had to put my finger on it, and it’s actually pretty good how she comes up with all of these ideas.

Leaky Cauldron: Have you had people recognize you yet? From being from just like, from the commercials?

Faith: Actually when I was on the plane, I was starting to cry because I was scared. I had never been on such a long flight before and someone came up to me and was like, “I’m a page. Want to meet the captain?” And I was just like, “Okay.” And he was just like, “Why are you on this flight?” I told him, and he was just like, “Wow, that’s amazing.” He told the hostesses, and they actually came up to me in the middle of the flight, and they were like, “Would you mind signing this menu?”

[Kat laughs]

Faith: And I actually signed it for some of their daughters, and it was just really sweet.

Keith Hawk: Faith, can you tell us what it was like filming a 1926 scenario in New York City? When the cars were so old, the clothes were so old?

Faith: Amazing.

Keith: What did the sets and the costumes feel like?

Faith: Amazing because you really thought you were there, and it was just… honestly can’t even imagine.

Leaky Cauldron: What was it like acting with a bunch of adult actors [whom] you probably know from the culture and J.K. Rowling? Have you met her as well?

Faith: Yeah, it was really amazing just meeting all of them. I knew about Eddie Redmayne because I just love Les Mis. It’s amazing. Literally, I’m in drama class – I go to this drama club – and they’re literally like, “How was it working with Eddie Redmayne? It’s amazing!” And I said, “It’s amazing. Oh my gosh, Les Mis. It’s amazing! Because Les Mis is like… literally, if you haven’t watched that in drama you’re just nothing.

Leaky Cauldron: Did you meet Jo Rowling?

Faith: I haven’t met her; it’s going to be my first time.

Leaky Cauldron: Are you nervous?

Faith: I don’t know what to say.

[Kat laughs]

Faith: Say hi or…?

Kat: “Thank you, I love you”?

Faith: “I love you.”

Faith: Perfect.

Kat: Thank you, Faith.

Keith: Yeah, thank you.

Faith: All right, nice to meet you.

Kat: Nice to meet you, darling.

Faith: Nice to meet you.

Kat: Have fun tonight.

Evanna Lynch ”Fantastic Beasts” Red Carpet - November 10, 2016

Transcribed by Tracy Dunstan and Sacha Huynen

Kat Miller: Evy!

Evanna Lynch: Hi!

Keith Hawk: Look who it is!

Kat: Hi, Evy. How are you?

Keith: Hi, Evy.

Kat: Oh my God, look at your lashes.

Evanna: I know, I spent like a half hour putting them on.

Keith: Wow, you look awesome.

Kat: They look amazing.

Evanna: I watched too much [RuPaul’s Drag Race] this week, and I was like, “I need lashes.”

Kat: They are amazing.

Evanna: Thank you.

Keith: We are live on Facebook.

Evanna: Hi, Facebook. [laughs]

Kat: So now that you’re here, we’ve been dying to talk to you about Ezra.

Keith: Yes, we have a challenge for you.

Kat: Have you met him yet?

Evanna: No.

Kat: He claims that he is one of the biggest self-proclaimed Harry Potter fans in the world.

Kat: You’re not going to do a quiz on me, are you?

Kat and Keith: No, no.

Kat: No quiz.

Keith: I won’t do that to you.

Kat: It is fun you are here because we have been dying to talk to you about Ezra.

Keith: Yes, we have a challenge for you.

Kat: But if you get a chance to talk to him tonight, ask him some trivia questions.

Evanna: Trivia questions, okay.

Kat: We’ve been wanting to get the two of you in the same room together.

Evanna: Is he here?

The Leaky Cauldron: Yes, he’s here.

Keith: I would love to MC the two of you. That would be fun.

The Leaky Cauldron: Is it your first time seeing the film?

Evanna: Yes, it is. I’m so excited. It’s weird. It sprang up on us with all the election craziness. It’s like, “Oh, we have a film now.” It’s so nice.

Kat: It’s a nice way to escape.

Keith: Are you able to tell us what you’re up to?

Evanna: I’m actually back in acting school. Training. So I’ve taken a step back from auditioning for a while.

Kat: In LA?

Evanna: Yes.

Kat: Awesome.

The Leaky Cauldron: Did you [unintelligible]?

Evanna: No, I still had to write a letter and got selected. It’s been fun.

Kat: Have you talked to Jo at all about Beasts?

Evanna: No, no, because every time I see her, there’s something. I talked about the play, whatever’s going on, the Strike novels because they’re good.

Kat: They are, yes.

Keith: Are you as excited for Cormoran Strike the next book as we are?

Evanna: I am really excited, yes. They’re so grisly, but I somehow still read them.

Keith: The last one was really grisly, but the first two were really interesting in how it flowed with Lena getting killed.

Kat: Spoilers, Keith.

Keith: She was the one [who] was the dead victim. No spoilers there, she was dead.

Evanna: Have you read them all?

Kat: Yes.

Evanna: When is the next one coming out?

Keith: It should be out next year. She finished it up, she said, so I’m expecting maybe a June 2017, hopefully.

Evanna: Because she does not [unintelligible].

Kat: Right, it just drops.

Evanna: I can’t wait for the show because I love their dynamic, their relationship.

The Leaky Cauldron: Do you like the people they casted for it?

Evanna: Yes, and I’m actually not very familiar with the actors, but they look perfect. But I don’t want to judge them by their looks.

The Leaky Cauldron: We all had ideas about them.

Evanna: Do you guys watch Daredevil? I imagine Karen as Robin.

Kat: That would be great.

Evanna: She has a similar role. She’s a secretary, but she has her own agenda. But she’s American, so I guess they wanted…

Keith: Look at the tattoos on Evy’s back.

Evanna: Those are my Michael Jackson eyes.

J.K. Rowling ”Fantastic Beasts” Red Carpet - November 10, 2016

Transcribed by Sacha Huynen

Kat Miler: We want to ask you for all the American fans. Why is it not “MACUSA”? Why is it “Macusa”?

J.K. Rowling: Because it is. Because “Macusa” just sounds better. Just us. “Macusa.” It’s “Macusa.” I don’t even think about it. I’ve been calling it “Macusa” for four years. And I just think it rolls off the tongue better. “Macusa.” I work at MACUSA. Obviously, I do.

Kat: What job would you have if you worked at MACUSA?

J.K.: I definitely wouldn’t be an Auror because you have to be physically pretty brave to do that stuff. I wouldn’t work at MACUSA because if you’re not an Auror, you’re no one, and I wouldn’t be an Auror.

The Leaky Cauldron: Did you have a favorite scene that you enjoyed writing the most?

J.K.: There are a couple of scenes I really loved writing. I liked the dinner. Have you seen the movie?

The Leaky Cauldron: I have seen the movie.

Kat: Yes, we have.

J.K.: Okay, so I liked the awkward dinner when Newt first goes back to the girls’ apartment. And everything in Newt’s case is fun, obviously. And there are some scenes toward the end that are scary, but I like them.

Keith Hawk: They are beautiful.

J.K.: Some scary stuff. We can’t say, but you know what I mean.

Keith: We can’t say anything. They’re beautiful. The whole scene with the case was awesome.

David Heyman ”Fantastic Beasts” Red Carpet - November 10, 2016

Transcribed by Sacha Huynen

David Heyman: Hi, MuggleNet. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support.

Keith Hawk: Would you tell all of our viewers there watching why they should go see Fantastic Beasts?

David: I’m biased, so I will say I think it’s arrived. I think it’s funny. I think it’s moving. I think it will make you laugh. I think it will make you cry. I think you’ll be on the edge of your seat. I think you’ll be back in Jo Rowling’s wizarding world, and you know better than anybody, it’s the most amazing world to be a part of. And also, these characters: Newt, Queenie, Tina, and Jacob… they aren’t Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but they really do feel in the same spirit of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They’re all outsiders. They’re lovely people, good people, trying to do the right thing, who come together. In a way, they create, like Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s not the family you’re born into, but the family you make, and Newt, Queenie, Tina, and Jacob create a family. And I think, just as you saw yourselves in Harry, Ron, and Hermione, you’ll see yourselves in these four. It’s a story about today although it’s set in 1926. It’s Jo Rowling. Jo Rowling wrote it. Somebody said, “What can you say to people to reassure them?” at the press conference today. “What can you say to people to reassure them?” And what I felt like saying, which nobody said, was [that] Jo didn’t need to do this. She didn’t need to do this. She wanted to do this. She was desperate to do this. She had a story to tell. She’s telling the story. Doesn’t that make you feel safe and secure?

Keith: Let me ask you, David. Let’s say… and I’m sure it’s going to be a really big hit, serious box office.

David: From your lips.

Keith: From my lips to you, let’s hope. Say, five movies. It’s going to be a long ten years, but there’s still a lot of untapped stuff. Do you think you would venture into the Marauders area by movie or book if you were J.K. Rowling?

David: I am not Jo Rowling. I’m not Jo Rowling, and I would not presume to put myself in her head or her mind. Jo has stories to tell. She loves this world, so I don’t know what she would feel. Beyond this, I don’t know where she would go. But at the moment, I am enjoying playing in the world of Fantastic Beasts. I’m the luckiest man alive.

Kat Miller: We heard that production on Beasts 2 starts in January.

David: No, nowhere near. I wish. Pre-production may begin. We began now in the sense that we’re looking at some sets or beginning to design some sets or working on the script, but it’ll probably begin in proper January, February, and hopefully, we’ll start filming toward the end of July.

Keith: We were told it to be Paris and the UK. Will you start in Paris or the UK?

David: Don’t know. Don’t know. Don’t know yet.

The Leaky Cauldron: [unintelligible]

David: No, Jo is working on the second draft. There'[re] a lot of drafts.

Kat: Have you read it, then?

David: I have.

Kat: Is it awesome?

David: It’s fantastic. No pun intended. It’s terrible. I think it’s such a… in the way, the story developed, and the way this connected tissue to the Potter world – into the later books – becomes more explicit. Tantalizing.

Keith: One of J.K.’s biggest attributes in writing, in my opinion, is her narrative release. She gives a little bit of information here in the beginning. Then in the second book a little bit more and then that comes around later.

David: That’ll be very much the case here.

Keith: That’s what we saw in the first Fantastic Beasts. We’re certainly not going to be able to tell the fans what we saw, but there is a narrative release that we can definitely see it’s going to lead to bigger and better things come Movie 4 and 5. Do you agree with that?

David: Come Move 2.

Kat and Keith: Movie 2!

Keith: More narrative release.

David: It’ll be a drip feed over the… I can tell you at the end of Film 2, there is something pretty interesting, too. I can’t wait for you to see 1, and I can’t wait to get working on 2.

David Yates ”Fantastic Beasts” Red Carpet - November 10, 2016

Transcribed by Sacha Huynen

Kat Miller: We are live on Facebook with MuggleNet. Would you just tell everybody watching why they should go watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

David Yates: You have got to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them because it’s Jo’s world that moved on in a really exciting and interesting way. And I think only she could probably reset this world in the way that she has. It’s very special. We’re very excited. Have you seen the movie?

Kat: Yes, we have.

David: Did you like it?

Kat: We loved it. Speaking on behalf of the fandom.

Keith Hawk: I already said it’s one of the top three movies I’ve ever seen. As you go more and more in-depth [unintelligible] we’ve seen before.

David: I can’t wait to see it tonight. I haven’t seen it in three weeks. I finished it three weeks ago. Literally so it’s going to be great to see the reaction of the people.

The Leaky Cauldron: [unintelligible]

David: The end of the movie. I love that final 15 minutes of the movie.

Keith: David, have you ever filmed in a 1926-era before or American era before or was this your first venture into that scene?

David: It was. It’s a very underutilized period. There aren’t that many movies set in this period, and it’s so rich.

Keith: You have Titanic, but even that’s ten years earlier.

David: That period was great for me and my design team and Stuart Craig and all the guys who put the world together. It was like Christmas.

Kat: Because everything comes back around.

Keith: Stuart Craig did such a great job in filming New York City. How many cars did you bring over from America? They’re such good cars.

David: I lost count. I can’t remember. Tim [unintelligible] you have to ask him, but when they all fired up all at once, that air was toxic. Petrol.

Kat: I bet it was.

Eddie Redmayne ”Fantastic Beasts” Red Carpet - November 10, 2016

Transcribed by Sacha Huynen

Kat: We’re live on Facebook, and this is your first time meeting the MuggleNet crowd.

Eddie Redmayne: Hey, MuggleNet crowd. How are we?

Kat: We’ve been around 17 years, and they’ve been really excited to meet you.

Eddie: So lovely to meet you guys, and thanks for being so supportive to us. As fans of the Potter films and the books, we didn’t want to be the ones [who] came in and screwed it up. Thank you for at least willing us on. Wait until you see the movie before you make your decision.

Kat: We loved it, and I wanted to talk to you about Newt. I haven’t connected with a character other than Newt in a really long time. I think he’s compassionate and caring, even if he’s a little bit prickly and awkward. That first time you go into the case, I found myself getting all teary. I want to hear from you what part of you is is in there and what have you taken from Newt so far? And what is it like to play somebody like that because he is the Hufflepuff and the hero that the world needs right now. There'[re] a lot of Hufflepuffs watching [who] are very happy.

Eddie: I have a four-and-a-half-month-old daughter who[m] I put in a Hufflepuff scarf and started taking photos of. She’s an official Hufflepuff as well. Thank you for being so kind. That makes me feel very moved. I love this character. The amazing thing… and I cannot wait for you guys to meet the script of Jo’s film because there’s so much description in it, and she drew the characters so beautifully. Actually, it was all there on the page. An element that I loved about Newt is, he was the man I aspired to be in some ways. There’s a moment where he says to Dan’s character that worrying means you suffer twice.

Kat: That was my favorite quote from the entire movie.

Eddie: And I think there’s worrying in the world. There’s worrying in the world. Newt is my match.