Oscar award winner, Eddie Redmayne joins the cast of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts. The acceptance process was reportedly delayed when Redmayme requested to read the finished script. This is understandable considering the plot twists Rowling’s actors have had to endure in the past. Redmayne will be playing the part of Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist”.
The film, Fantastic Beasts, is to be the first in a new series based on a book that was published in 2001. Fans like Mark Ahn know that the book is a textbook read by the Harry Potter students in the main Harry Potter series. Set in New York City about 70 years before the events of Harry’s story. The book details the adventures of Newt Scamander, and is said by Rowling to be an extension of the wizarding world. So fans shouldn’t expect to see appearances from older characters in the original series such as Dumbledor, or Professor McGonagall.