Colin Farrell had never read a ‘Harry Potter’ book before ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film role

Actor describes the Harry Potter films as 'comforting'

Colin Farrell has revealed that he had never read a Harry Potter book prior to starring in new Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Set 70 years before the Potter saga begins, it focuses on Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), the author of one of Harry’s Hogwarts text books, and his adventures in New York City. Farrell plays the character Percival Graves in the film.

Speaking to SFX MagazineFarrell stated that he had never read a single Harry Potter book, although he is a fan of the film franchise.


“There are a few films where [when] they’re on the television, I just can’t turn them off, they’re just so comforting; and any Harry Potter series qualifies as one of those films.”

“It’s just such a beautiful and immersive world, that pays due respect to human emotions,” he added. “I would be a liar if I said being in a trailer where that score kicks in didn’t get me excited. I’m 40 and I shouldn’t say such things.”


Farrell described how he prepared for his role: “Imagination. Mine and JK Rowling’s and (director) David Yates’. The script was very descriptive and beautiful and filled with all these machinations of magic.”

“You can only twirl a wand around in your hotel for so long until you feel like an idiot because… nothing’s happening. It can’t even change the channel.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits cinemas worldwide on November 18. Watch a trailer beneath.