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Eddie Redmayne is the perfect Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Also find out what non-magic folk are called in America

By Andrea Tim | Published: 5 Nov 2015

Eddie as Newt
Photo: TPG Images

It will be a year before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them reaches the silver screen, but lead actor Eddie Redmayne is already blowing us away with how perfect he looks as magizoologist Newt Scamander.

The film, slated for November 2016, is based on J.K. Rowling's book of the same name and is a spin-off to the Harry Potter franchise. Eddie was photographed for the cover of the November cover of Entertainment Weekly, dressed in a teal coat and armed with his briefcase and wand. More behind-the-scene photos from the magazine include Katherine Waterston who plays Newt's wife Porpetina.

You need to see these pictures yourself. The film is set in 1926 New York, so you'll also need to get used to the fact that Americans call non-magic folk No-Maj (pronounced "no madge" and short for no magic). Sorry if the trivia is making the wait feel longer. Until then, you've plenty of time to pick up the tiny text book and read Newt's work, just so you have a bigger appreciation of the character and his eccentric work. The book also has handwritten commentary from Harry Potter and his friends, so it makes a comical read, if not only an educational one.

Related: See Eddie Redmayne as a woman in 'The Danish Girl' posters


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