Eddie Redmayne is worried about screwing up JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts

"The stakes are high because they were so good before," says the 33-year-old Oscar winner of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off


You’d think winning an Oscar would spell the end of worrying about your acting skills. But Eddie Redmayne, who picked up his first Academy Award for The Theory of Everything earlier this year, is still pretty nervous about entering JK Rowling’s Wizarding World…


The 33-year-old star is set to play magizoologist (and Hufflepuff) Newt Scamander in upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And he’s a little concerned about screwing it up… 

“The stakes are high because they were so good before,” he said, talking about JK Rowling’s Harry Potter movie franchise. “You don’t want to screw it up.”

We can see where Redmayne is coming from – the Harry Potter films are still our faves – but unlike those movies, which starred (like we need to tell you, eh?) Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint and are based on Rowling’s original novels, fans have few preconceptions, because they have nothing to compare Redmayne’s performance to.

Fantastic Beasts is based on a textbook owned by Harry Potter, referred to in the original novels and later written for real by JK Rowling under Scamander’s name. But while it details 75 magical species found around the world and contains the history of Magizoology, it features no plot details for the upcoming film. 

In fact, we’d say there was no pressure at all. But then there are the thousands of dedicated Potter fans counting down until Fantastic Beasts hits cinemas… 

“It’s a complete privilege for me,” Redmayne continued, speaking to E! News. “I love JK Rowling. I love the Harry Potter films [and] books so for me this is just the most wondrous gift really.”


Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them began shooting in the UK this summer. The film will hit cinemas 18th November 2016

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