Select Page



Harry Potter – er – Newt Scamander fans rejoice, for Eddie Redmayne can be seen donning the distinctive robes in a new photo released to promote the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald.

In the pic, the Oscar winning actor’s character is in a dark dingy sewer, looking mighty scared. In a recent convo with EW, Redmayne confessed to having a slight injury arising perhaps out of his work on Fantastic Beasts. “It’s from doing some quite hardcore wand action,” Redmayne said, “but I’m not getting any better for it.”

The new story has Scamander going to Paris to team up with some of our favorite European wizards and/or their predecessors and relatives. These include a young Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law), and the love interest of Gillert Grindewald (played by Johnny Depp), Leta Lestrange (played by Zoe Kravitz).

Old characters from the original Fantastic Beasts return, including Newt’s love interest in America, Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston). The story is the second of five complex novels of the Harry Potter canon that writer J.K. Rowling is behind. Longtime Potter series director David Yates had this to offer:

“The first film had a level of whimsy; the characters felt like children in grown-up bodies. In this movie, it gets grittier and more nuanced and detailed. It’s quite a romantic film, it’s a thriller, it’s quite an interesting combination of genres you rarely see together. I think it will surprise people.”

 Sounds a lot like the evolution of the original series if you think about it. Another photo, below, features Redmayne and Law as Scamandor and Dumbledore, respectively, and both wearing regular (i.e. “muggle”) clothes.
Are you excited for the Fantastic Beasts sequel? Tell us in the comments!

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, the pseudonym of a New York City-based writer, is a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online and has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age. JDB has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

Instagram Feed

Something is wrong.
Instagram token error.