Thursday, June 23, 2016

A New Hero – Newt Featurette

A transcript of all that was said during the feature (x):

J.K Rowling: My heroes are always people who feel themselves to be set apart, stigmatised, or ‘othered’. 
That’s at the heart of most of what I write, and it’s certainly at the heart of this movie. 
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ was a textbook that Harry Potter used at school. While I was writing ‘Potter’, I became quite interested in Newt Scamander, so I knew quite a lot about Newt. He’s been travelling the world studying magical creatures. He calls himself a Magizoologist. Newt’s creatures live in this magical case. 
You open it up, you can go down; it’s an amazing space.

Eddie Redmayne: Newt feels more at home with creatures than he does with human beings 

Newt: ‘come on, give me a smile’ -creature sticks it’s tongue out-

(What is the Groot-looking creature that refuses to smile for Eddie Redmayne, and
what is its problem? Does it realize who Eddie Redmayne is? - :D SparkLife via)

J.K Rowling: Newt walks into a society he doesn’t really understand

Tina: Mr Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America?
Newt: I know you have rather backwards laws about relations with non-magic people.
That you’re not meant to befriend them, that you can’t marry them,

 which seems wildly absurd to me 
Tina: Whos’s gonna marry him? [pointing to Jacob]

J.K Rowling: And then Jacob accidentally opens Newt’s case full of magical creatures 

 Jacob: Hey! Mr English guy! I think your egg is hatching!

J.K Rowling: So Newt gets embroiled in this adventure 
 Eddie Redmayne: He starts looking a bit more like a hero 
In Tesss of the D'Urbervilles Angel and Tess are fleeing from justice... like Newt and Tina
my gifset here

 J.K Rowling: It’s something that has implications for the who wizarding world

Related tumblr posts, gifsets, pictures
Pottermore: Introducing Newt Scamander
Analysis from

Tickets go on sale on Monday 27 June at 4pm BST (11am ET) for a star-studded advance screening of Fantastic Beasts at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Saturday 12 November, with all proceeds going to J.K. Rowling’s international non-profit children’s organization Lumos.
J.K. Rowling will be on stage in conversation with the film’s main star, Eddie Redmayne, prior to the screening. 
Fantastic Beasts director David Yates, who also directed the final four Harry Potter movies, will introduce the film, with other members of the stellar cast also in attendance. This event will follow the film’s worldwide premiere, being held earlier that week in New York, with the UK premiere in London happening the following week.

Why Fantastic Beasts hero Newt Scamander is the role Eddie Redmayne was born to play
...Cast your eyes over the Redmayne CV. Notice a pattern there? Of course you don’t. While some actors become associated with particular genres or types of role, Eddie Redmayne is impossible to pin down.
...Burberry/Prada model and GQ’s Best Dressed Man of 2015 Eddie Redmayne, on the other hand, oozes sex appeal. Just look at all those besotted blogs devoted to him. Look too at the artwork and trailer for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. There’s not much to go on at this stage, but he appears to be rocking the brilliant, slightly aloof and mysterious English thinking woman’s crumpet shtick that worked so well for Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Sherlock’, with charm in place of chilliness.
...If there’s one thing that unites all of Eddie Redmayne’s performances, it’s his absolute commitment to the roles he takes on. Even on those rare occasions when the films themselves haven’t been much cop, Redmayne has always managed to stand out. 'Fantastic Beasts…’ was conceived as a trilogy. If he stars in all three films (nothing’s been confirmed yet), it will be his first big fantasy franchise, allowing him to develop the character of Newt Scamander in his own unique style over years to come. It’s quite possible that J.K. Rowling’s name will eventually become more synonymous with Newt Scamander than with Harry Potter... - read more

Updated on 1 Sept 2017

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