J.K. Rowling Talks “Fantastic Beasts” in Video Interview!

We’ve been waiting years, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is nearly upon us! Details about the second film are beginning to leak out (there are slight spoilers in the link!), but there’s still plenty of mystery left about the first movie as well. Luckily, we have J.K. Rowling to help clarify some things for us.

In a video interview, J.K. Rowling speaks briefly about Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob and how she sees them fitting together. While there’s nothing we don’t already know, exactly, it’s always interesting to hear how the creator herself views her characters. Here’s her take on Newt’s agenda:

Newt has been traveling the world studying magical creatures. His ambition is… he wants to write the book. He wants to write Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He wants people to understand how remarkable these creatures are, and he wants to educate the public and stop them killing them. A very laudable design, one would say, but Newt being Newt, he can’t resist, if he finds something that is injured or endangered, taking it with him. So over time this case has become, effectively, a portable animal hospital/safari park for endangered species.

And here are her thoughts on each of the four characters’ different perspectives on the events that take place in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

Newt simply wants to get his creatures back in his case and get out of there. Tina is involved in something bigger, but she’s a demoted Auror, so she shouldn’t really be messing around with these things and yet, is compelled to. Queenie is a sweetheart, who is in many ways the glue of the group. She’s a nice person. And then you’ve got Jacob, who increasingly is fascinated by what’s happened and wants to stick with them.

Watch the full thing below:



On a related note, MuggleNet has spent the last day in interviews with the cast and creators of Fantastic Beasts – so stay tuned to hear what we learned!

Jessica J.

I've been making magic at MuggleNet since 2012, when I first joined the staff as a News intern. I've never wavered from the declaration in my childhood journal, circa October 2000: "I LOVE Harry Potter! If I clean my room, my mom says she'll make me a dinner a wizard would love!" Proud Gryffindor; don't hate.