Eddie Redmayne has revealed his favourite book and film from the Harry Potter series in the run up to the release of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander in the upcoming spin-off, was asked which of the wizarding movie series was his favourite.
Redmayne said: “My favourite film is probably the finale — Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” naming one of the four films that Fantastic Beasts director David Yates helmed. “With the last two, they had something I kept rewatching, going back and watching Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Radcliffe do that extraordinary duel”.
When asked what his favourite book from the series was, Redmayne named the earliest book, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. “I suppose I’d go with the first. My little brother, when he was 6 years old, he would always read it, and it had that instant immersion into the world that made you release your imagination.”
The Oscar-winning actor also described the experience of filming magic fight scenes. “When you’re [casting spells on set], the effects of this huge tension of what’s coming out of your wand is put [into the shot in post-production; you’re] literally acting with nothing, and I found it so operatic and deeply moving. I found it so climatically satisfying.”
A sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has been given a release date of 2018, according to Warner Bros Pictures.
An official statement from Warner Bros has said that the sequel “moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances”.