It’s doubtful if any of the Harry Potter books could have been turned into movies without the benefit of modern visual effects techniques. And while so much of what you see in blockbuster movies is created by a computer now, it’s fun to see the old-school, on-set tricks used to make films like Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
When it was announced that Jude Law would be playing young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel (now called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Johnny Depp’s Hair), the response was largely: “That sounds fine.” It wasn’t rage-inducing, but it wasn’t cause for an ecstatic fan freakout either. It was, well,…
As filming begins today on the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. has released summary which doesn’t tell us too much we didn’t know and a cast list that’s a bit more revealing. “Revealing” in that it includes a bounty hunter and a wizarding circus.
Though he’s the hero of the Harry Potter spinoff movies, Newt Scamander is no Potter-esque hero himself. That’s not just because he’s a new lead steering a new corner of the Potter movieverse in a different direction. It’s also because he’s quite unlike the typical heroic figure—like Harry and countless other male…
Because if you guessed that the Fantastic Beasts movies would tap Jude Law to play the young Dumbledore, come collect your money. Now I’m really sad that Robert Downey Jr. didn’t get himself cast as Grindelwald somehow. Then we could have had a Sherlock Holmes reunion!
Sometimes, authors give things names that look good on paper but will are near-impossible to pronounce. Fantasy and science fiction do it at an appalling frequency. Add Rowling’s “choranaptyxic” to that list.
Congratulations to Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson. I mean that sincerely, because in addition to actually doing some great makeup work but who also had to work under what I imagine to be truly unnecessarily awful conditions.
We knew the beasts and the magic were fake, but did you know that pretty much everything you saw on screen wasn’t there? At this point, an effects reel could reveal that Eddie Redmayne was actually five rabbits in a coat with some tremendous special effects work and I’d believe it.
Katherine Waterston’s character in Alien: Covenant is already drawing comparisons to Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, but her bowl-like cut is inspired from something else entirely.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is fine. It’s a very pretty movie with a few really good performances (specifically Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell). Unfortunately, the plot requires almost everyone involved to be unforgivably stupid or else the whole story would fall apart. And the stupidest person by far is the…
Thanks to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we can all see the future. We may not know how the adventures of Newt Scamander will turn out, but thanks to the Harry Potter films and books, we know what happens to many of the famous characters seen or mentioned in the prequel. Connecting the dots between these two…
Producer David Heyman says the scene was taken out because they didn’t want audiences to know exactly where the next movie was heading. But then he went ahead and told everyone about what happened in the scene anyway.
There are few things more impressive than the imagination of J.K. Rowling, and it’s on full display in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter author-turned-screenwriter has begun an exciting new chapter in her wizarding world, set 70 years before the Potter story starts (and in America), and it very…
It’s been a busy month for Warner Bros.’ revitalization of the Potterverse movies. The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie comes out next week, and with it the news that there will be five movies, a young Albus Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp. J.K. Rowling, who is writing the scripts for these movies, has…
I know that when I think of falling in love, I think of my school song.
Along with the news that the Fantastic Beasts movies are looking to cast a young Dumbledore, all we care about is if the emotional core of the next couple of films is going to be the betrayal Dumbledore feels when the man he falls in love with turns out to be evil.
No one who has a creative stake in the Harry Potter universe has been shy about saying that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will feature characters we know from those books and movies. The biggest, though, is Albus Dumbledore, and the director just confirmed when we’ll see him.
In this clip from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander uses magic to smoothly reassemble a room that’s been torn to pieces by one of his escaped creatures, hoping to cover his tracks. And he almost gets away with it. Too bad the hairless little critter makes a grand entrance and blows his cover.
Official replica versions of wands from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie are available for you to buy now. And all of them look like a stiff wind would break them in half.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t out until November 18, but we’ve already got some news about its sequel: Johnny Depp is joining the cast. He’ll be a new element in a film which will otherwise have the same director (David Yates), screenwriter (J.K. Rowling), and star (Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander).