Jupiter Ascending - Balem Abrasax (Eddie Redmayne) ©2015 Warner Bros

Filming has started on JK Rowling prequel to the Harry Potter movies, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them.

Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Jupiter Rising) stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magi zoologist with Harry Potter director David Yates in charge. David helmed the last four Harry Potter feature films

The production started today, August 17, at Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden, the same studios that the Harry Potter films where made and therefore the same place as you may have visited if you went on the studio tour after production of the Harry Potter films completed.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - JK Rowling
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – JK Rowling, author of the widely successful Harry Potter book series, visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter escorted by Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative.

With the Harry Potter films JK Rowling wrote the books and let others write the film’s screenplays. With this she has written the script itself.

The story was inspired by her character Newt Scamander’s Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the Harry Potter stories. In this Eddie’s character stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars:-

  • Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Tina
  • Alison Sudol (Dig, Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie
  • Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Jacob
  • Ezra Miller (Trainwreck) as Credence
  • Two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (In America, Sweet and Lowdown) as Mary Lou
  • Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity
  • Young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty
  • and Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Graves
Paddington - Nicole Kidman
Paddington – Producer David Heyman with Nicole Kidman ©2014 The Weinstein Company

The film is being produced by:-

  • David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter features (whom we know well from our many set-visits over the eight films)
  • JK Rowling
  • Steve Kloves
  • Lionel Wigram

Collaborating with Director David 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)
  • David’s longtime editor Mark Day (the last four Harry Potter films)

Warner Bros Pictures is planning for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Director David Yates with Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Director David Yates with Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) on location during the filming © 2010 Warner Bros

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online