During an interview with BBC, Eddie Redmayne admitted that Daniel Radcliffe had seen a photo of Newt wearing a dramatic, long coat. Radcliffe was jealous of the coat and was upset by the fact that he'd only gotten to wear a hooded cloak during his Harry Potter stardom.
Fantastic Beasts was set in Manhattan, a marked difference from the location for the Harry Potter films. But don't worry, traditionalists; according to Movie Pilot, Fantastic Beasts was filmed entirely in Liverpool.
3. This Movie Feels More Modern Than 'Harry Potter'
Fantastic Beasts is set in the early 20th century, well preceding the Harry Potter movies. But in an odd way, Fantastic Beasts has a more modern, mainly because it's set in a bustling city. It plays with your mind a bit.
"They gave you examples to start with. He spent the year out in the field. It's seen a lot of action, Newt's wand, in the wrangling of creatures. It was made of wood. It has a lot nicks in it. The bottom was made of shell. I love it. It's really Newt-y. It's not the most glamorous of wands. But now they're selling it. I love my wand."
Fantastic Beasts references the Salem witch trials. According to Useless Daily, the witch trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690s, and the wizards in Fantastic Beasts are still nervous about what might happen to them if they're discovered by non-magicians.
According to Movie Pilot, Eddie Redmayne was destined to play Newt. He auditioned for Tom Riddle in Harry Potter, but didn't get the part. But when it was time to cast Fantastic Beasts, J.K. Rowling picked Redmayne for the role of Newt, knowing he was just right for the part.
“I brought it because I felt like it would be reassuring to have Newt’s wand. But then we were coming through customs and I suddenly realize 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.”
Spoiler alert! Johnny Depp has a small role in Fantastic Beasts. According to Movie Pilot, Depp's scene was filmed back in January, and the whole cast was sworn to secrecy. Somehow, it worked, and Depp's presence in the movie was a surprise.
“The other thing I would tell myself is do what I then did a couple of days later, after my catastrophic first day, which was go and watch what Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint] and Emma [Watson] did, and steal their best bits.”
There's already a Fantastic Beasts sequel in the works, and it's due out in 2018. According to Time, 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.”
In an interview with Mugglenet, composer James Newton Howard explained how he composed the music along with the film's production over an unusually long period of time.
"In this particular case it took nearly seven months, which is really long. One of the things David wanted when we first talked was a composer who would come onto the film early and in his words, be ‘part of the architecture of the movie.'"