Having re-watched the entire Harry Potter movie series over and over, we can safely say that we know the main characters and the actors portraying them back to front. However, now that we will be delving back into J. K. Rowling's wizarding world once more with Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, it's time we wiped the slate clean and welcomed a new array of faces, some familiar and some new, to the magical universe.
Below is your introduction to the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them cast, alongside some of their most notable projects to date and feelings about the upcoming movie.
1. Eddie Redmayne
Role: Newt Scamander
What's he been in? The Other Boleyn Girl, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Powder Blue, Glorious 39, Black Death, My Week with Marilyn, Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything, Jupiter Ascending, The Danish Girl.
For The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor at the Academy Awards in 2015:
And now, as the Oscar winner prepares to reveal his Newt Scamander to the world, we couldn't be more excited. Recently, Eddie Redmayne spoke out about the prestigious role and how much he loves working with J. K. Rowling's creations, saying:
"What’s lovely is that J.K. Rowling has a staggering imagination to the thoroughness of the world. There were so many elements to Newt. I met her once, and she could talk back through everything, every intricacy. You’re not playing a real character, but in J.K. Rowling’s mind, [Newt is] entirely three-dimensional, and you can talk to her about what his life was like."
2. Colin Farrell
Role: Percival Graves
What's he been in? American Outlaws, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit, Daredevil, S.W.A.T., Intermission, Alexander, The New World, Ask the Dust, Miami Vice, In Bruges, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Triage, Horrible Bosses, London Boulevard, Total Recall, Seven Psychopaths, Dead Man Down, Saving Mr. Banks, Solace, The Lobster, True Detective.
Colin Farrell recently revealed why he felt so lucky to be a part of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cast:
"I mean its enormous amounts of fun. I have a fuckin’ wand. I mean seriously, seriously, I’m not even joking, you know, and I’ve done plenty of things that have been you know, (sighs) more that have had a strain of despondency or pain or loss or violence and all that. So, this feels very different from anything I’ve done. And it’s kind of nice that I’ve done something that my boys could actually see. I mean they may not want to right now or like it. And that’s fine also, but J.K’s imagination is obviously just an extraordinary, extraordinary thing. You know, the energy that that one woman has put out into the world. The moods she has affected, the parents that she’s created moments for, for fathers and mothers reading books to their children or children recounting to their parents. I mean it’s amazing what she’s put out into the world. So, on reading the script I got caught up in that energy."
3. Katherine Waterston
Role: Porpetina Goldstein
What's she been in? The Babysitters, Almost in Love, Being Flynn, The Letter, Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice, Sleeping with Other People, Queen of Earth, Steve Jobs, Manhattan Romance.
In an interview, Katherine Waterston admitted what it felt like being one of the female leads in the movie. In particular, on being compared to Emma Watson's Hermione from the Harry Potter films, she said:
"It never occurred to me to compare myself to her just because we’re both female, in any way. You know, they’re totally different characters and I don’t feel like I’m stepping into her shoes simply because I’m a woman. It’s just amazing to be a part of this world that means so much to people and I don’t have any problem with considering it in that way."
4. Ezra Mill
What's he been in? Californication, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Royal Pains, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Madame Bovary, Trainwreck, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad.
According to the actor, joining the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cast was a dream come true. Not long ago, he explained how much the role meant to him:
"So I’d heard about the part, and remember that to me – someone who got into Harry Potter so young, as a fan – I thought this was a universe that had been closed to me forever. I thought we’d had everything we’d ever get from that world, I thought it was over. I spent years devastated that I wasn’t in that world, that I wasn’t in those movies. … And then, to hear that J.K. Rowling had expanded that universe. That there was more and that there was this character… I almost couldn’t believe it."
5. Samantha Morton
Role: Mary Lou
What's she been in? Under the Skin, Sweet and Lowdown, Pandaemonium, Minority Report, The Libertine, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Messenger, Max & Ruby, Decoding Annie Parker, The Last Panthers.
6. Alison Sudol
What's she been in? Transparent, Other People's Children, Between Us.
As well as being a talented member of the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them cast, Alison Sudol is also a highly-acclaimed musician going by musical moniker "A Fine Frenzy."
As for her upcoming project, she was recently overheard gushing at the San Diego Comic-Con, admitting:
"There’s so much richness to the human elements of this story, the relationships and the characters. There’s so much to talk about, but it’s actually quite fun to keep the mystery because then you know that people are going to go into the film and actually feel surprised. It’s like Christmas and I got you the best gift!"
7. Dan Fogler
Role: Jacob Kowalski
What's he been in? Kung Fu Panda, Love Happens, M'larky, Take Me Home Tonight, Man Up, Hellbenders, Hannibal, Don Peyote, The Good Wife, Barely Lethal, Secrets and Lies, The Goldbergs, Custody.
Although Dan has a hefty number of projects under his belt, he's claimed that finding out that he was a part of the Fantastic Beasts cast gave him "goosebumps." He's said:
"My agent said, 'Hey, you know, next year’s going to be a lot different.' I was just all tears, like I’d got the Golden Ticket. And now, here we are!"
8. Carmen Ejogo
Role: Seraphina Picquery
What's she been in? Love's Labor's Lost, Perfume, Kidnapped, The Brave One, Pride and Glory, Away We Go, Chaos, Sparkle, Zero Hour, The Purge: Anarchy, Selma.
Gearing up to reveal her most challenging role to date, Carmen Ejogo has been dropping hints about her character right, left and center. Most notably, she recently spoke to Pottermore about her most prized on-set possession – her wand:
"It is so beautiful! I am so in love with my wand. Maybe subconsciously I willed the designers to give me the one with the big gem on it."
She then added:
"Ezra [Miller] was telling me that there are very different schools of wandmakers. He was quite taken aback by mine because he recognised it was made by a very different wandmaker than he was accustomed to. It really does stand out among the other wands."
9. Jon Voight
Role: Henry Shaw, Sr.
What's he been in? Midnight Cowboy, Catch-22, Deliverance, The Champ, Heat, Mission: Impossible, Anaconda, Enemy of the State, Varsity Blues, A Dog of Flanders, Pearl Harbour, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Zoolander, Ali, Holes, The Manchurian Candidate, National Treasure, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Glory Road, Transformers, September Dawn, Pride and Glory, An American Carol, 24, Lone Star, Dracula: The Dark Prince, Deadly Lessons, American Wrestler: The Wizard, Ray Donovan.
10 Ron Perlman
What's he been in? Batman: The Animated Series, Bonkers, Phantom 2040, Alien: Resurrection, The New Batman Adventures, The Protector, Superman, The Magnificent Seven (TV series), The King's Guard, Blade II, Star Trek: Nemesis, Hellboy, Teen Titans, Danny Phantom, The Batman, Outlander, The Job, Sons of Anarchy, Tangled, Season of the Witch, Pacific Rim, The Blacklist, Hand of God, Adventure Time.
11. Zoë Kravitz
Role: Not yet known
What's she been in? Californication, X-Men: First Class, Treading Water, Divergent,The Road Within, Insurgent, Mad Max: Fury Road, Allegiant, Adam Green's Aladdin, Vincent N Roxxy.
12. Gemma Chan
Role: Not yet known
What's she been in? Doctor Who, The IT Crowd, Submarine, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Fresh Meat, Bedlam, Brotherhood, Humans, Families.
Which Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cast member is your favorite?