Josh Cowdery Cast As Henry Shaw

border

Actor Josh Cowdery has been cast as Senator Henry Shaw, son of Jon Voight’s character, Henry Shaw Sr.

joshcowdery

Not much else is known of this character except he and his father attend a gala event , along with Newt, in which the Second Salemers stage a protest outside.

 

In other casting news, Alphonso Austin has been cast as a ‘boat crew’ member, while Jorge Martinez was cast as a ‘Spanish ship passenger’ – both of these, coupled with the castings of Customs Officers, seems to reveal that Newt travelled to America by boat.

Posted on February 2, 2016


Analysing the BTS Feature

border

A behind-the-scenes look at Fantastic Beasts was released late last night – for those of you who missed it, here is the full feature:

 

We’ve taken a look at some of the moments/scenes featured in this new footage – to read our thoughts, click the ‘Continue’ link below:

—–

Continue…

Posted on January 31, 2016


Behind The Scenes Feature

border

The Harry Potter Celebration in Orlando has revealed the first behind-the-scenes look at Fantastic Beasts.

 

Screencaps are can be found in our gallery here, or by clicking the photos below:

      

Script:

Eddie Redmayne: “This world; it’s been a wonder, really. It’s just unlike anything I’ve ever been apart of.”

Alison Sudol: “Sometimes I’ll walk around and I’ll just have something in my hand and I’ll just forget that I can’t make things move.”

Katherine Waterston: The job we have to do is to make it seem magical and you kind of have to ignore your own sense of wonder, you know, watching it.”

David Yates: “It’s incredibly exciting. We’re working directly with J.K; it’s her first screenplay.”

David Heyman: “It’s this vivid, lively, beautiful world that Jo has created.”

David Yates: “It’s her magical universe but transposed to New York in 1926. There’s one English gentleman called Newt Scamander who turns up in New York with a suitcase full of rather extraordinary creatures.

David Heyman: “Some of his beasts get out of the case.”

Eddie Redmayne: “And this one catalyst sets in motion this insane amount of events that just cause chaos.”

David Heyman: “And at the center of it is this quartet. There are three other central characters. There’s Tina Goldstein-”

Katherine Waterston: “Tina’s very soulful, she has a lot of heart and strength and courage”

David Heyman: “She has a sister, Queenie-”

Alison Sudol: “So, you have two sisters who have raised each other and have a very deep bond”

David Heyman: “-and lastly there is Jacob, a muggle, or a no-maj as he’s called in this world.”

Dan Fogler: “Jacob is back from the war and now he’s trying to get his life together and open up a bakery. He just happens into this very magical situation.”

David Heyman: “All four central characters are outsiders. Part of the journey in this, for each of them, is coming into themselves. This film will appeal to all – it’s funny, it’s moving, it’s thrilling.”

Alison Sudol: “There’s just so much meaning in her [J.K Rowling] stories; so much heart.”

Dan Fogler: “Fans of Harry Potter, they’re going to feel the nostalgia and the love they have of the movies, in a whole new light.”

Eddie Redmayne: “It’s like imagination taken to the extreme.”

 

We’ll have an in-depth look at the new feature up soon!

Posted on 


Ilvermorny – The American Wizarding School

border

Pottermore have just announced the name of the American Wizarding school (equivalent of Hogwarts) that both Tina (Porpentina) and Queenie attended – Ilvermorny (pronounced ill-ver-morn-ee).

Not much is yet known about this school except its location is somewhere in North East America, close to the Canadian border, and the building, like Hogwarts, is a castle.

resized_085

This post will be updated once more information is released.

Posted on January 29, 2016


Edd Osmond Cast As Demiguise

border

Actor Edd Osmond has been cast as a Demiguise in the first Fantastic Beasts movie.The Demiguise unlikely speaks, which means Osmond may possibly wear a suit/prosthetics instead of being completely C.G.I’d

edd-osmond

(Edd Osmond)

The Demiguise is found in the Far East, though only with great difficulty, for this beast is able to make itself invisible when threatened and can be seen only by wizards skilled in its capture.
The Demiguise is a peaceful herbivorous beast, something like a graceful ape in appearance, with large, black, doleful eyes more often than not hidden by its hair. The whole body is covered with long, fine, silky, silvery hair. Demiguise pelts are highly valued as the hair may be spun into Invisibility Cloaks.

 

An updated list of the Fantastic Beasts we know are set to appear in the first movie (click on each to go to a description):

Niffler

Ashwinder

Lethifold

Augurey

Bowtruckle

Crup

Merperson

Sasquatch

Demiguise

Posted on January 26, 2016


Let’s Talk Wands

border

Pottermore have today released an interview with Molly Sole, junior concept designer on the Fantastic Beasts movie, who worked on the original wand designs for the main characters:

We’re looking at 1920s wands. Newt’s wand. Tina’s wand. Queenie’s wand. The wand Colin Farrell used for swishing practice as his character, Graves. They’re all here on the page – beautiful, detailed illustrations for each of the main magical characters in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

‘I know from the Harry books that the wizard has to have an affinity with the wand. It picks them,’ she says. ‘It’s a bit like people and their dogs. I feel like you can see traces of the wand in the wizard and the wizard in the wand. So we had to imagine the feel and the material of the wand as a good partnership with the character.’

‘This one has to be for Newt,’ I say, pointing to a modest wooden wand.

‘We wanted it to relate somehow to the animal kingdom,’ she tells me, ‘but we thought it was sort-of inappropriate to give him anything that might have a trophy feel to it. We didn’t think he would be into that at all. The main part of this one is wood.

newt-wand

‘That’s got to be the closest thing to a sexy wand I’ve ever seen. It can only belong to Queenie.’

‘That’s Queenie’s, yes,’ Molly says. ‘[Alison Sudol] did have a little bit of influence on hers because she really likes Art Deco. We put her taste in that and it really helped us get the time period, the era, into the design.

queenie-wand

‘Whereas Tina’s wand is more functional, more understated. David [Yates] didn’t want it to be too jazzy because that wouldn’t suit Tina. We used an antique conductor’s wand for the basis of Graves’s wand.’

What wand wood/core do you think our main magical trio have? We suspect Newt’s is made of Chestnut and Queenie’s Ebony – what do you think? Let us know on Twitter!

 

 

 

Posted on January 7, 2016


Pottermore Set Report #4

border

Pottermore have released another report from the set of first Fantastic Beasts movie where The Pottermore Correspondent acted as an extra (a No-Maj) in the background of a scene involving Colin Farrell (Graves) & Ezra Miller (Credence).

You can read the full report here, but here are some highlights:

Shimmy out of modern clothes. Stand still while a girl called Jess drapes you in a black and gold flapper dress, stockings and a fur-trimmed coat. Get in trouble with someone called Joy for calling the clothes ‘old’ not ‘vintage’.

Sit in the make-up chair and watch as the hair on your head disappears into a 1920s bun with crisp waves. Don’t flinch at all when an excellent stylist called Lou paints curls onto your face with actual glue. Get eyebrows and lips painted onto face.

Wait in an orderly line for costume designer Colleen Atwood to check every detail of your outfit. Wait excitedly as she finds you a black felt beret from her rows of vintage hats. Lose your mind with happiness when she slips a pair of round, tortoiseshell glasses onto your face

Follow instructions from an assistant director, stand neatly in line again for costume inspection. Wrap hair in a purple scarf to protect it from the rain. Walk carefully through shallow mud to the New York set. Wait outside the corner of ‘The Diner’.

Alternate between discreet background acting, waiting, whispering without actually making sound, watching David Yates direct the actors, listening to the camera guys talk, letting the make-up artists touch up your burgundy lips

So, what can we take from this? Graves, a powerful, high-up MACUSA Auror, is meeting Credence, son of Mary-Lou, a no-maj who founded the Second Salemers, an anti-wizard group.

Is Credence really a wizard in cohorts with Graves? Secretly spying on his mother’s group and passing information to the MACUSA?

 

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts & theories on twitter!

Posted on January 1, 2016