It’s Official: Eddie Redmayne Will Star in the ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-off Franchise

It looks like J.K. Rowling has gotten her wish. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne will star as Newt Scamander in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling is writing the script for the new fantasy adventure, which takes place before the story of Harry Potter and follows Scamander while “searching the world for magical creatures to discover and catalog” the beast in a publication that will become a Hogwarts textbook. The first in the new series hits theaters in November 2016 …

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