'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' news: Eddie Redmayne gushes about his character and doing the movie

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Since the announcement of the “Harry Potter” prequel film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” last year, fans of the wizarding world have been excited for the project.

In light of the upcoming film, lead actor, Eddie Redmayne recently sat down for Pottermore to detail how he initially thought of the part he has coveted for so long.

“David has such a lovely manner and this incredible kindness to him. There was no question I wanted to do this movie,” he shared in reference to his meeting with David Yates who is directing the movie.

Being a fan of the “Harry Potter” franchise, Redmayne added that it was only down to whether he will book the job or not. “When I read J.K. Rowling’s script, I just had my mind blown. I was so excited by it. The amazing thing was that I found it funny, I found it a thriller, I found it romantic. At the end, I was deeply moved by it,” the Academy Award winner explained.

Redmayne, who owns a tan leather briefcase, just like his character in the movie, Newt Scamander, revealed that he carries the bag when he goes out to work every morning.

“I’ve had it for about eight years. My dad works in the city and has always had a briefcase. I always did this acting thing for a living, which didn’t feel like a proper job and I wanted something that made me feel like I was doing a proper job and so I got this case. I use it whenever I go on set. I keep my script and whatever mementos I find useful in it,” he says while fondly patting it.

With an enormous budget of $225 million, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” follows Newt’s experience when he went to a meeting at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) where he eventually loses his briefcase housing many dangerous creatures. This causes authorities to go after Newt while he goes and finds his briefcase. The plotline is based on J.K. Rowling’s novel with the same name

There is yet to be a full trailer for the movie which will hit theaters on Nov. 18, but as previously reported, a behind-the-scenes footage with cast and crew commentary has been released.