Fantastic Beasts Cast on British Versus American Wizards

Yahoo interviewed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cast members at Comic Con to find out about the differences between British and American wizards.

At San Diego Comic Con, Yahoo Movies’ Kevin Polowy interviewed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and Colin Farrell. The topics at hand were the difference between British and American wizards and the beasts included in the movie.

Waterston talked about the 1920s being a different world and a different time, making the differences between British and American society even more interesting to explore. Farrell said that American wizard life was very different than British because most of the population is unaware that the magical society exists. He then revealed a faction of people that makes the secrecy necessary:

“A group of religious zealots called the Second Salemers, who are obviously out for a witch hunt, and think that wizards should be all lined up and destroyed.”


Sudol said that British society is more evolved with Muggles and wizards being more integrated while there are laws about the two types of people (“No-maj” instead of Muggles) not interacting in America. Fogler chimed in commenting that wizards and witches are persecuted for magic in America.

Polowy’s next question was what are the favorite beasts of each actor and where to find them:

  • Waterston: Bowtruckle in Newt’s pocket (sometimes), but mostly on trees
  • Redmayne: Admits to loving a specific bowtruckle named Picket with “attachment issues” that hangs out in Newt’s pocket
  • Fogler: Nifflers the “platypus thing” that can be found near shiny things that it likes to put in its pocket
  • Sudol: Occamy which can grow or shrink to fill the available space

The news about secrecy in American wizarding society leads us to finish up here with a little bonus!

Entertainment Weekly just revealed a new photo from Fantastic Beasts taken by famed movie photographer Jaap Buitendijk of “Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterson) take cover while sneaking around the MACUSA building (that’s the Magical Congress of the United States of America, of course).” The brown and blues really make this a terrific visual.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them comes out on November 18th, 2016. Only 109 more days to go!