Magic, it turns out, is a highly addictive
thing – and when it comes to the intricate
fictional world of JK Rowling, fans can rarely get enough.
To celebrate the release of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, a number of books on the making of the film have consequently been published (just in time for Christmas), including Ian Nathan's behind-the-scenes guide Inside the Magic, and The Case of Beasts, which explores the wizarding world shown in the film.
We had a look through, to see what we could glean about Fantastic Beats, its cast, and Rowling's script.
Here are some of the things we learnt:
1. Eddie Redmayne wound up “sobbing” after reading the script for the first time.
2. JK Rowling wrote the script in two-day chunks.
3. Redmayne made sure that Newt’s wand was animal-free.
4. The crew built 1920s New York on set at Leavesdon Studios.
It took just 16 weeks to create Manhattan’s Lower East Side, TriBeCa and the Diamond District in 1926 in a studio an hour north of London.
5. Queenie is the most attractive female character Rowling has ever created.
She wrote as much in the script: “The most beautiful girl ever to don witch’s robes”.
6. The extras really earned their money.
That Fantastic Beasts was set in December, so the cast were dressed up in overcoats, scarves and gloves - and the crowd scenes were shot in August 2015. Everyone was sweltering
, remembers crowd costumer Gary Hyams, and “tended to undo their coats or take their scarves off and tuck them into their pockets. So we have to make sure it’s all on from the beginning for that take.”
7. There are a lot of deliberate similarities between Harry Potter and Credence Barebone.
Both are orphans, adopted into loveless families and thrown into the paths of a struggle between good and dark magic.
8. Tina's trousers were designed to show that she was a modern, forward-thinking type of woman.
9. The Demiguise was 'babysitting' the young Occamy.
Ever wonder why, in Fantastic Beasts, Dougal the Demiguise escaped?
According to Redmayne, in the script Dougal ventures out solely in order to protect the lost young Occamy.
10. The chilling MACUSA execution pool was inspired by a Saatchi Gallery installation.
According to the film's VFX supervisor Christian Manz, the disturbing, memory-absorbing pool seen in the film was designed to resemble a Saatchi Gallery artwork "where there was oil with a perfect reflection on the surface".