Fiona Glascott Talks Wand-Waving and Wizardry

Fiona Glascott made her first appearance as a younger Minerva McGonagall in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald this year, but the Irish actress has a long history with the franchise. Glascott recently spoke to People magazine about her love for all things Potter, including her first reaction to the prospect of playing the iconic character:

I absolutely jumped at the chance. I was a huge fan, and anything to do with magic I adore. So when the call came in to meet David Yates I was thrilled. And then when the call came that they’d like [me] to do it, I was over the moon.

Glascott even got to use Dame Maggie Smith’s exact wand in the film, something most fans can only dream of doing. She says being on set was a dream come true, with everyone sharing her love of the series:

It was so exciting. It didn’t feel like work, but this was so much fun. Everyone there was huge fans of the Harry Potter books. It was a really fun place to be running around with a wand.

This year is a busy one for Glascott, who is set to star in two major films. In Supervized, she’ll face off against Tom Berenger (Inception) and Beau Bridges (The Descendants) in this story about elderly superheroes living in a retirement home in Ireland who come together for one last mission. She’ll also join John Cleese (Nearly-Headless Nick) and Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises) in The Martini Shot, an existential drama that follows a film director beginning a project at the end of his life.

Fiona Glascott is certainly the actress to watch this year! Be sure to catch her next films, and keep up with her on Twitter for updates.

Gayané Kaligian

Gayane has been writing about Harry Potter since the fourth grade, when she wrote her first five-paragraph essay on why Percy Weasley’s buffoonery could have led to Voldemort winning. These days, she’s still talking about the Weasley brothers, but it’s mostly about how overlooked Charlie is. In her free time, you can find her researching stunt choreography and geeking out over theater.