Eddie Redmayne Will Premiere New Fantastic Beasts Footage At The MTV Movie Awards
On Sunday, April 10, MTV and Newt Scamander himself invite you to return to J.K. Rowling’s fantastical wizarding world. No, this is not a drill, and yes, you should probably sit down.
Famed Hufflepuff Eddie Redmayne is heading to the 2016 MTV Movie Awards to debut a sneak peek at his anticipated new film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, MTV News can exclusively reveal.
Fantastic Beasts will follow Newt (Redmayne), a magizoologist who searches for the world’s most magical creatures and stores them in his magical suitcase. Upon a visit to New York City in 1926, Newt accidentally lets some of these rare and endangered magical creatures escape for all No-Majs (a.k.a American Muggles) to see, which is very, very bad, especially because certain no-good No-Majes are already trying to persecute wizards and witches. Naturally, chaos ensues, and Newt finds himself at odds with the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).
So it’s up MACUSA worker Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and Newt to rectify the clumsy magizoologist’s mistake. And this is just the first of Rowling’s planned Fantastic Beasts trilogy. It’s official: The very thought of this never-before-seen footage is going to keep us up all night for the next week. What will we get to see?! Well, we have a few suggestions:
New York City in the 1920s
I realize that I am biased because I live in New York City, but the city is the perfect setting for Fantastic Beasts. Why? Because New York City is the most marvellous place in the world. Hogwarts was the perfect setting for Harry Potter, an extraordinary coming-of-age tale about The Boy Who Lived. But New York City is decidedly more alluring, and I personally can’t wait to see these familiar streets transform into something magical.
If Newt is this amazing magizoologist, then we better see some fantastic effing beasts. But here’s the more important question: Are these actors talking to tennis balls on sticks, or are these majestic AF props that are going to be put in a museum someday? I’m not saying I want to see a Hippogriff up close, but I’m not not saying that either.
Ezra Miller’s Credence
OK, so yes, I’m a little obsessed with Ezra Miller, but the delightful weirdo does in fact have a very important role in Fantastic Beasts. As the troubled son of a wizard-hating Scourer, Miller’s character Credence supposedly plays a “big role” in wizarding world canon. Does this mean Credence is a wizard? Remember, once upon a time, the Dursleys called Harry “troubled.” So how long until we get to see Miller in action?
The Grindelwald Era
The early 1900s setting of the trilogy would seem to imply that this is the era when Grindelwald was terrorizing Europe. Will we see any traces of the fallen dark wizard in Fantastic Beasts?
According to Rowling, the Magical Congress of the United States of America was created in 1693, following the brutality of the Salem Witch Trials and pre-dating the No-Maj version by a century. As someone who found the Ministry in Magic chapters completely fascinating in the Harry Potter series, I hope Fantastic Beasts shows us the inner workings of American wizarding politics. What kind of political pressure is President Picquery facing in 1926? I want to be in the room where it happens!
Newt’s Days At Hogwarts
We know Newt attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he was sorted into Hufflepuff, so will we get a flashback of Newt’s time at Hogwarts? And if they don’t want to go back to Hogwarts, then I will honestly take a shot of Newt wearing a Hufflepuff scarf.
Will There be Quidditch?
Was Quidditch as popular in America as it was in Europe? Or is this one of those silly football/soccer situations? Perhaps there’s a magical sport in America that’s even more popular than Quidditch —gasp. And what did Quidditch even look like back in the day?
The 2016 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, air Sunday, April 10 at 8ep on MTV.