Entertainment Fantasic Beasts: Harry Potter taught Eddie Redmayne how to use a wand

11:55  18 november  2016
11:55  18 november  2016 Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

Warner Bros announces new 'Fantastic Beasts' mobile game

  Warner Bros announces new 'Fantastic Beasts' mobile game The new game will be available to download on the App Store and Google Play Store on 17 November.In the game, players will take on the roles of new recruits at the Ministry of Magic and explore familiar locations from the Harry Potter series such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron and Hogsmeade while delving into some "all-new magical mysteries.

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As the Harry Potter franchise prepares to grow with the imminent release of spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Eddie Redmayne has revealed that he is now an expert in all things Hogwarts. The English actor watched all eight Harry Potter films to learn how to use a wand.

During an appearance on ITV's This Morning on Wednesday (16 November), Redmayne said he initially suffered from "stage fright" before seeing Daniel Radcliffe at work.

"What was amazing was the first time we got to hold a wand, your inner nine-year-old has been waiting all your life for that moment, and I was so excited I picked the thing up and I got stage fright," he explained.

Eddie Redmayne didn't know there'd be five Fantastic Beasts films

  Eddie Redmayne didn't know there'd be five Fantastic Beasts films Eddie Redmayne admits it came as a shock when it was announced there will be five 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' movies.The Oscar-winning actor plays magizoologist Newt Scamander in the upcoming first installment of J.K. Rowling's series, and he admitted the recent announcement the planned trilogy is being extended by an additional two films came as a "complete shock" to the cast.

"So I basically went back and watched all of the 'Harry Potter' films, and just stole all of the best bits from Dan [Radcliffe] and Emma [Watson] and Rupert [Grint].''

Redmayne plays Newt Scamander in the fantasy film which follows the wizard's travels all around the world in an attempt to document unknown magical creatures. The movie, which stars Colin Farrell alongside an eclectic cast, is helmed by revered director David Yates.

Redmayne revealed that one occupational hazard of his new role is that he often finds himself muttering spells and talking to his ''imaginary friends'', which is especially embarrassing if he is out in public.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them © Warner Bros Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

He said: ''Petrificus Totalus, it's my favourite word. I just occasionally randomly find myself saying Petrificus Totalus, Petrificus Totalus, it kind of suddenly stuns you for a moment.

''So occasionally I'll go on the Tube and just imagine myself talking to my imaginary friend and get weird looks. They were like 'What is he doing? He looks like Eddie Redmayne.'''

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them hits cinemas on 18 November.

'Fantastic Beasts' earns £67.4m in opening weekend of box office gold .
Fantastic Beasts, the story written by J.K. Rowling as a prequel to the Harry Potter saga, has taken a staggering £67.4m at the box office during the film adaptation's opening weekend. The film - starring Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne and adapted for the screen by director David Yates - grossed £43m ($53.6m) in its first three days shown across 24,200 screens in the UK, Mexico and Spain. It also fared equally well in the US, securing £24m ($29m) of the total box office takings. The news will please Warner Bros. bosses, after the studio reportedly spent nearly £145m ($180m) to produce the film. Concerns had initially been raised by executives hoping for the film to breach the £72m ($90m) barrier, but Jeff Goldstein, president of US distribution at Warner Bros., was quick to quell concerns, telling Deadline: "This is dead on what we were looking for, Jo Rowling brilliantly told a story that inspired her fanbase to come out in a big way." Fantastic Beasts swaps Hogwarts for 1920s New York and follows the trail of Newt Scamander, who accidentally loses his magical beasts in the muggle realm. However, the franchise, which is backed for a five movie run, still could not compete with Harry Potter's big screen debut, The Philosopher's Stone, released almost 15 years ago to the day, enjoyed an unprecedented opening weekend by grossing grossed £73m ($90.3m) at a launch that few films have since matched.

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