November 18, 2016
Eddie Redmayne: Choosing A Wand For 'Fantastic Beasts' Was Like The 'Greatest Moment Of My Life'

Eddie Redmayne, born Edward John David Redmayne, worked tirelessly to develop his physique to appear shirtless in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the movie created by J.K. Rowling and loosely based on the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately, the scene was later deleted from the film, but according to News Australia, Redmayne worked incredibly hard for seven months to prepare for a scene that had been suggested by J.K. Rowling.

"I had to flipping work out for seven months because there was a scene - in which J.K. was like, 'I want you to take off his top and see that he has been bitten and has all these war wounds.'"

It appears that the talented actor's hard work and body-building were not necessary after all because the scene was finally cut during editing. Eddie Redmayne's latest movie is based on the Harry Potter universe, in which the Like Minds actor plays the role of Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who travels to New York with a suitcase containing strange beasts that belong to the magical world.

However, Newt's visit becomes overwhelming when the beasts from his magical suitcase manage to break free, causing authorities to pursue Newt. Although he received a well-deserved Academy Award for playing the role of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Redmayne was overcome with stage fright when asked to choose Newt's magic wand from a number of wands designed by the production team. According to the Mirror, the actor spoke about the strange feeling he experienced while both selecting and using the wand.

"It's weird because you feel like a nine-year-old. They asked me to pick a wand at the beginning of filming. I felt like a kid experiencing the greatest moment of my life, but I also got complete stage fright."

Eddie Redmayne loved being part of the Harry Potter franchise, and he expressed earlier that he might have been a good fit to play a Weasley family member. Recently, the actor delved deeper into the Harry Potter universe by visiting Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's website based on the Harry Potter franchise. He used the website to discover his Patronus, which turned out to be a Basset Hound.

Like Eddie Redmayne, there are millions of Harry Potter fanatics around the globe who would love to explore Harry Potter's magical world in their spare time. Now, Warner Bros. has teamed with Mediatonic to produce Fantastic Beasts: Cases From The Wizarding World, a mobile game based on Eddie Redmayne's latest movie.

While playing the mobile game, players are expected to find hidden objects on behalf of the Ministry of Magic. Working on a mission, players get the opportunity to explore various places like the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, and Hogsmeade.

According to Elite Daily, the President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced further details of the game.

"We are delighted to bring fans a new mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, which invites players to discover their own fantastic beasts. Fantastic Beasts: Cases From The Wizarding World offers a fun, magical mobile experience to all players."

In a way, the game player will be in a similar situation as Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander from the Fantastic Beasts movie, where Newt pursues fantastic beasts causing mayhem in New York. The Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts game is clearly similar to Pokemon GO, the mobile game that requires players to physically visit a location and capture fictional creatures. However, the Fantastic Beasts mobile game will not be based on virtual reality.

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