Fantastic Beasts’ star Eddie Redmayne reveals the trouble he had getting wand through customs

Wizardry and airport security don't mix

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them star Eddie Redmayne has revealed that he took to travelling with a magic wand in real life – but had trouble getting it through customs at airports.

Oscar-winner Redmayne plays Newt Scamander in the latest addition to the ‘Harry Potter’ universe. However, he grew so attached to the wizardry lifestyle, that he started to carry with his wand with him in his luggage while travelling.

“I brought it because I felt like it would be reassuring to have Newt’s wand,” he said in an interview with the BUILD series. “But then we were coming through customs and I suddenly realise that a wand looks like a really sharp, scary object and then to try and explain it to a customs person, I was like, ‘Have you seen the… No?’  That was a bit disastrous.

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He continued: “This is a case I use in life and now when I’m traveling I’m like, ‘Do I take the case with me?’ Beause now people are going to think, ‘Oh you were cast as Newt Scamander who has a case and now you walk around with a case’.”

The Cast of “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” | BUILD Series

Join Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller and Alison Sudol as they discuss their new film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

This week saw critics respond with the very first reviews of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ – check them out here.

Meanwhile, author JK Rowling defended the decision to turn the novella into five movies.

“I think, when you realise what story we’re really telling, you’ll understand that it can’t possibly fit in one movie,” she said. Responding to another user questioning whether the franchise will stop with five, she wrote: “There’s a natural arc to five. You’ll see.”

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is in cinemas from Friday 18 November.