‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Has a Female Lead

By Anshul Hardikar | 1 year ago
‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Has a Female Lead

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a spin-off from the “Harry Potter” franchise that was announced earlier by Warner Bros. and J K Rowling has cast a female lead to star opposite “The Theory of Everything” actor Eddie Redmayne. Read on for more details.

According to Yahoo! Movies, Katherine Waterston known for starring in “Inherent Vice” with Joaquin Phoenix has bagged the coveted role. The British actor will be playing the role of Tina aka Porpentina, a witch who is based in the US. She happens to meet Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander. He ois the magic zoologist who is on a quest to find and know more about magical creatures and stops in New York City for the same. As compared to the “Harry Potter” movies which were set in London, the spin-off will be set in the big apple.


David Yates, who directed the last four films in the “Harry Potter” franchise, will be helming this movie as well which has a screenplay by Rowling. The author is also serving as a producer on this movie with David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was used as a textbook in Hogwarts in the “Harry Potter” films. It was because whichever magical creature Newt Scamander encountered, he documented those in a book which later became a textbook. Later in 2001, Rowling turned the fictional textbook into an actual book, which basically had encyclopedic entries about all the magical creatures that exist in the “Harry Potter” world. Profits from the book were donated to a charity comic relief.

According to Screen Rant, apart from Waterston, actresses like Dakota Fanning, Saoirse Ronan and Lili Simmons were considered for the role but the role was ultimately offered to Waterston. Audiences can expect a new story for them to enjoy with this movie. It will hit the theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.

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