Seven Highlights from the “Crimes of Grindelwald” London Premiere
On a chilly night in London, MuggleNet took to the blue carpet to cover the festivities at the UK premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in Leicester Square, London. It was a star-studded evening that included not only all of the main actors from the film but also a large portion of the supporting ensemble, as well as producer David Heyman, director David Yates, and screenwriter J.K. Rowling herself. We got to chat with some of the stars and witness some exciting moments on the blue carpet – here are some of our favorites.
1. Jude Law’s Confidence in Jo
We were curious about how Jude Law approached a character whose future is already known. He reveled in learning details about Albus Dumbledore from J.K. Rowling beyond what was included either in the Harry Potter books or in the Fantastic Beasts screenplays thus far. He spoke of her plans and the depth of Dumbledore’s character with relish.
2. Callum Turner takes pride in being a big brother.
Callum Turner convinced us that the trailers are giving his character, Newt’s older brother and Auror Theseus Scamander, a bad rap. We asked about the relationship between the brothers and what appears to be a bit of a sibling rivalry, but Callum was adamant that Theseus’s actions are those of a well-meaning, if overprotective, big brother who is motivated by pure love. He was clearly very passionate about his character and eager to defend him. We loved his dedication!
3. Ezra Miller pays tribute to Hedwig.
Ezra Miller made waves when he arrived at the Paris premiere in a puffy black cloak, and his London blue carpet look was like the yang to his yin. Fans, press, and fellow actors marveled at the Credence actor’s white feathered getup, with Eddie Redmayne among his castmates who paused to pet him. Ezra paired the look with white bell-bottoms, shoes, and face makeup while sculpting his hair into a mohawk. The result reminded us of Harry Potter’s snowy owl (may she rest in peace), and we later found out that Ezra had the incantation for the Killing Curse written on his hands and was wearing an owl ring. A definite tribute!
4. Nifflers remain the favorite creatures.
A few actors were asked which fantastic beasts they fancied, and it seems that no one can get enough of Nifflers. Crimes of Grindelwald introduces various new creatures, but the support for the collector of all things shiny was unwavering.
5. Even stars get starstruck.
Fans weren’t only watching the blue carpet – they were on it too! Actress Victoria Yeates (Bunty) had a particularly great reaction when Grindelwald himself breezed past during her interview with MuggleNet on the blue carpet. Lots of the cast members were fans of Potter before landing their roles, and many of the newcomers in Crimes of Grindelwald revealed to MuggleNet that they were overwhelmed to be part of the magical franchise.
6. One Wizarding World Family to Another
The cast of the London production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child made the journey from their home at the Palace Theatre to attend the premiere and support their fellow witches and wizards. The Cursed Child London production also had its own occasion to celebrate, having just reached the milestone of 1,000 performances!
7. Something Very Lestrange
We knew that there were going to be three Leta Lestranges in attendance – Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Thea Lamb (young Leta Lestrange), and Ruby Woolfenden (even younger Leta Lestrange) – but we were not expecting a fourth member of the family! Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) took everyone by surprise and made an appearance on the blue carpet, to the crowd’s delight.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres on November 16, and don’t forget to check out MuggleNet’s live coverage of the Paris and London premieres on our Facebook page!