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The world seems like a magical place for Eddie Redmayne. The 34-year-old English actor has already earned an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and now he'll be headlining the newest addition of the : (And Where To Find Them) as Newt Scamander.

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But it isn't always easy being a muggle in a magic world, and has had his doubts about following up the Boy Who Lived. A lifelong Potterhead himself, Redmayne doubted he would be able to do justice to the franchise that was already so beloved by fans. He told the Guardian:

"Do you feel pressure? Of course you feel pressure. Also, particularly because I loved the Potter films. There was something so warming about being able to dive back into that world every year or two. And if you’ve enjoyed something, you don’t want to be the one who comes in and screws it up."

Newt's magical case
Newt's magical case

Of course, Redmayne is a seasoned professional by now, and he's used to handling the pressure. He went on to explain:

"But pressure’s there with every film. With The Theory of Everything it was knowing Stephen and Jane and the family would see the film. With The Danish Girl it was all the people that I’d met in preparation for the film who came from the trans community. [With Fantastic Beasts,] it’s pressure here of a different type, which is called hardcore fandom."

Magical Creatures
Magical Creatures

But just as Harry Potter was never without the support of his friends, it looks like Redmayne isn't alone, either. He shared a story about how his co-star, , reassured him when he was feeling unsure at San Diego Comic-Con:

"That was so intense. The whole situation is created like you are meant to go on like a rock star. I remember feeling really nervous beforehand, waiting in the wings, and [co-star] Colin Farrell was giving me a little back massage going, 'It’s going to be fine, Eddie, it’s going to be fine.'"

If Redmayne's acting is half as thoughtful as his attitude toward the fandom, then Fantastic Beasts is sure to be spell-binding. Potterheads will be able to see for themselves in theaters on November 18.


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