Holy no-maj, guys. Warner Brothers has gifted us all with an exclusive look at the sorcery that’s going on behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and I think I speak for all of us when I say hot damn. We’ve been waxing poetic about Eddie Redmayne (and the soft ginger creature that has made itself at home on top of his head) for what feels like eons, but NOW we’re finally getting our hands dirty!
There’s Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, of course. Eccentric magizoologist and freckled heartthrob in training.
Then there’s Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, who says the magical atmosphere is so realistic that she often forgets she can’t just make things move with the flick of her wand. Which, you know, same. I want her hair.
There’s also Tina Goldstein, Queenie’s sister, played by Katherine Waterston. She says the hardest part is “ignoring your own sense of wonder” and “acting like everything’s natural.”
Finally we’ve got the token Muggle (no-maj) Jacob Kowalski (played by Dan Fogler) who’s just returned from the war and wants to open up a bakery, but the ever-insistent magic-verse won’t let him. He keeps getting swept up in various magical Newt-related shenanigans, and I can already tell he’s going to be a kindred spirit.
Also, J.K. Rowling’s there. You know. Wandering around set. Being the screenwriter. Changing lives.
Ready your tears, Potterheads. They keep saying “WELCOME BACK TO THE WIZARDING WORLD” like I haven’t spent the last five years interrogating strangers about their Hogwarts Houses on public transportation, but I’ll allow it. ONLY 291 DAYS OF EMOTIONAL DRY-HEAVING TO GO.
291 days is plenty of time for us to sew teal coats of our own, but will it be enough time for us to capture a magical creature and set it loose at SparkCon, thereby forcing Eddie to come rescue us? LET’S HOPE SO.