A short video of Rowling discussing the main character of her film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, interspersed with clips from the film.
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Video interview with Fantastic Beasts screenwriter J K Rowling, 23 June 2016
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - A New Hero Featurette”
J K Rowling: My heroes are always people who feel themselves to be set apart, stigmatized or othered. That’s at the heart of most of what I write. It’s certainly at the heart of this movie. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a textbook that Harry Potter used at school. While I was writing Potter, I became quite interested in Newt Scamander. So, I knew quite a lot about Newt. He’s been travelling the world studying magical creatures. He calls himself a Magizoologist.
[film clip of arrival]
Immigration official: “First trip to America?”
Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne): “Yes. (pause) ….must get that fixed.”
JKR: Newt’s creatures live in this magical case. You open it up. You can go down. It’s an amazing space.
[film clip of case and Newt’s hand waving]
Redmayne: Newt feels more at home with creatures than he does with human beings.
[film clip of Bowtruckle]
Newt: “C’mon, give me a smile.”
JKR: Newt walks into a society he doesn’t really understand.
Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston): “Mr Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America?”
Newt: “I know you have these rather backwards laws about relations with non-magic people. You’re not meant to befriend them. You can’t marry them…. which seems wildly absurd to me”
Goldstein: “Who wants to marry him?”
JKR: And then Jacob accidently opens Newt’s case of magical creatures.
Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler): “Hey! Mr English guy. I think your egg is hatching.”
JKR: So Newt gets embroiled in this adventure.
Redmayne: He starts to look a little bit more like a hero.
JKR: It’s something that has implications for the whole wizarding world.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - A New Hero Featurette