Young female Harry Potter fans could find themselves in luck come this Saturday.
Warner Brothers has issued an open casting call to girls aged between eight and 12 to star in the next Harry Potter spin off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The audition will take place in London and is for the role of Modesty, a character described by the official Warner Brothers website.
“A haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a companion piece to the Harry Potter series, published first in 2001 under the pseudonym of the fictitious author Newt Scamander. J K Rowling developed the book as a “fun exercise” while working on Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, having already gathered a lot of material on magical creatures during her research on the previous Harry Potter books.
The film adaptation of the book was announced in 2013, with Warner Brothers later stating that it would at least span a trilogy. J K Rowling makes her screenwriting debut having penned the first installment of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with David Yates set to direct.
As reported by BBC, casting for all of the main characters, except those for Modesty and the wizard Kredan, has already been completed. Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) dons the character of Newt Scamander in the movie, while newcomers Katherine Waterson, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler are also featured.
For Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the final four films of Harry Potter franchise, the casting call threw up a heavy dose of nostalgia. In 2006, with no professional credit to her name, a shy and awkward Evanna had walked in to one such audition despite murmurs of dissent by family members when she first mentioned her decision to audition for the role. She went anyway, and the rest is history.
So for you all young missies who have a flair for acting and a love for Harry Potter, this might just be your chance.
And if you are forestalling your dream even before you have seen it, we will suggest to you a quote or two from Evanna’s notebook, who today wrote on her Facebook wall.
“I just want to encourage any girls out there who are tempted to go for this but feel like it’s impossible or bigger than you are, to put all those alleged obstacles out of your mind and just go as you, nothing more, nothing less. Considering the odds is a waste of time, in my opinion because no matter how many people audition, whether it’s 5 or 50,000 there’ll only be one who can play that role, like there’s only one of you. Also, some personal advice, if your mum tries to talk you of auditioning for this then go sweet-talk your dad. Good luck!”
The magical world of Harry Potter awaits.
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