Our report from the Fantastic Beasts Global Fan Event
Our report from the event
Amy Jones was in attendance at last night's fan event and had this to report...
Last night I joined hordes of fellow Harry Potter nuts at Leicester Square’s Cineworld for a Global Fan Event in their IMAX theatre to celebrate the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
We started with a quick audience warm-up, which involved lots of cheering (sorry everyone, I was really excited) and a couple of lucky fans won tickets to the premiere by answering questions about the upcoming film. Lucky in that they get to go to the premiere, but unlucky in that they have an entire cinema full of jealous people hoping that they break their leg or something so their ticket might be passed on to them.
Next Edith Bowman took to the stage and linked us up with similar fan events around the world via video-link. The screen filled with Potterheads from New York, Mexico City, Italy, France and more, all in cinemas like ours, so we could participate in a Q&A with the cast.
Actor Eddie Redmayne (!!!!) who plays the film’s main character, Newt Scamander, came on stage and was joined by Katherine Waterstone (Porpentina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein) and Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski). And for some people with names that don’t require your tongue to do a 15-minute stretching session beforehand, director David Yates (of the main Harry Potter filmes) and producer David Heyman came out too. Colin Farrell and Jon Voight joined in via video link from L.A to answer questions sent in by fans on Twitter, Facebook and live from the auditoriums.
Katherine Waterstone described how involved the cast were down to the costume design and getting to pick their wands, whilst Eddie explained how proud he is to be part of such an inclusive, warm, franchise which he too grew up with. Then, after asking where the film will go next, director David Yates revealed he couldn’t possibly tell us…but that there was “someone else here who can”.
AND THEN JK ROWLING CAME OUT.
Yes, our Queen and Potter Mother-Hen herself JK Rowling took to the stage. As you’d expect, the audience absolutely lost its shit.
I can’t tell you much about what was said, mainly because I couldn’t see through the tears in my eyes and the blood rushing in my ears, but easily the most exciting reveal of the evening came when Jo Rowling said “I can say one thing, we were doing some script sessions the other day, and we always knew it was going to be more than one movie, we knew that from the start, and so we said a trilogy is a kind of place-holder, but we’ve now done the plotting properly, so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”
This was news even to the cast who hadn’t yet discovered the exact number the series would form, by the way.
Then we all had to place our phones in a shiny envelope given to us on the way in, as we were given a preview of the first 10 minutes of the film. The preview – and don’t worry, no spoilers here – showed a nervous Newt Scamander arriving in New York, Colin Farrell’s probing Auror Percival Graves looked suitably dashing as he brooded over the strange and unexplainable magical goings-on in the city and their threat to uncloak the wizarding world. And finally, a small rodent like hand escaped from the confines of Newt’s battered case…cue mass hysterics.
With all the bewitching magic we’ve come to expect from JK Rowling, this new instalment of the HP franchise looks to be just as exciting as what’s come before.
This evening Amy was at the 'Global Fan Event' for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The evening featured new footage from the Harry Potter spin-off and a Q&A with the cast and crew INCLUDING JK Rowling herself. Check out our photos below and the featurette above...
Look out for more from tonights event over the next day or two.
One of the big developments was JK Rowling's reveal that the Fantastic Beasts series will now stretch to FIVE films, the pentalogy replacing the previously announced trilogy films. It was also *SPOILERS* revealed that a much younger Albus Dumbledore will appear in the new film in a scene with Eddie Redmayne and Colin Firth.
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.
The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.
The film reunites a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” movies), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which was home to the “Harry Potter” films for a decade. Some scenes were also shot on location in Liverpool, England.
Warner Bros. Pictures has slated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.