Will Newt Be Just Like Harry Going Through His Awkward Stage?
Earlier this week, famed Harry Potter, and now Fantastic Beasts, producer David Heyman revealed which Harry Potter film Fantastic Beasts will most resemble:
”[Fantastic Beasts has] got the charm of the fourth [Goblet of Fire]…It’s like the fourth. Mike [Newell] talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical — and it’s not that, but it’s got the humor of of that film. It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humor, that very human, natural character comedy. And now David [Yates] is always looking for truthful, human moments. It’s never just a gag; he’s grounding [the storytelling moments] in a reality. [Beasts] is very funny; it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.”
At first I was excited – I read this, and I thought, “EXCELLENT! The SCALE! THE SPECTACLE! THE OVERALL CINEMATIC AWESOMENESS THAT WAS GOBLET OF FIRE!” Then I read it again… wait… not the scale and the awesomeness… the comedy…? Does Heyman mean this?
If so, I’m taking this to mean Newt will be Harry and Ron spliced together going through their awkward phases…
Another thing I found bizarre about this tidbit was that Heyman talks about Newell’s Goblet of Fire and not Yates’s Half-Blood Prince, which was much more rom-com-esque and was by the same director as Fantastic Beasts. It, too, had “humor”:
And what could be argued as “natural character comedy”:
So why the fourth?
Well, it’s very clear from the production crew credits that the film will look fantastic – people like Colleen Atwood (costume designer of Alice in Wonderland), James Hambidge (production designer of Casino Royale), Phillipe Rousselot (cinematographer of Sherlock Holmes), and Anna Pinnock (set decorator of the Grand Budapest Hotel) are being brought on board to complement the story-telling team that gave us the last four Potter films.
Maybe the vibrancy of Goblet (my favorite of the Potter films cinematographically) will also be in Fantastic Beasts with a strong plot line to bring out the “fish-out-of-water humor”… and that’s where the similarities are?
Well, at the very least – from what we can see of the stills so far, thankfully they all have normal-length hair.