Thursday 19 July 2018

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne unveils footage of Harry Potter spin-off movie

Eddie Redmayne stars in the movie, set in the same fictional world as Harry Potter
Eddie Redmayne stars in the movie, set in the same fictional world as Harry Potter

David Mercer

New footage has been released from the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, who stars as Newt Scamander in the film, introduced the new trailer at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

After emerging from a suitcase on stage, the British actor said: "Myself and the rest of the cast had such an astounding time getting to leap back into the world of JK Rowling's imagination.

"And I'm properly excited to share with you just a wee glimpse of what's in store this November."

The film is based on JK Rowling's 2001 book, which is set in the Harry Potter universe, and is the first in a planned trilogy.

The opening scenes of the trailer show Redmayne's character arriving in 1920s New York by boat, while a voice can be heard saying: "You're an interesting man, Mr Scamander. Just like your suitcase, I think there's more to you than meets the eye.

"Kicked out of Hogwarts for danger to human life with a beast. Yet one of your teachers argued strongly against your expulsion. I wonder what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you, Mr Scamander?"

Various scenes from the film include Redmayne turning a switch on his suitcase to read "Muggle worthy", and Colin Farrell, whose character Percival Graves is set with the task of tracking down Newt Scamander, firing a wand.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is due for release in November.

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