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Fantastic Beasts (and Where to Find the Gossip)

Jadzia Samuel Friday 14 September 2018

If, like us, you are still blown away by the wonderful wizarding world of 'Harry Potter', then you too are probably on the edge of your seat waiting for the upcoming sequel in the spin off trilogy, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. The series transports us to a different era of wizardry; set in 1920s New York, it stars Eddie Redmayne as the eccentric Newt Scamander, an English author and researcher of mythical beasts, and explores the dark backstory of Gellert Grindelwald and his intense relationship with young Albus Dumbledore. The second installment, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', is soon to be released in cinemas in the UK and US, on November 16th. However, in an exciting new development it has been revealed that on this date Pottermore Publishing will also be opening the doors to behind the hind the scenes information about the entire creative process of the film, releasing a 10-hour-long audiobook jam-packed with interviews exploring the themes, characters, and design.

Fantastic Beasts (and Where to Find the Gossip)

Some of the more elaborate sets can take months of planning and construction, thus in the metaphorical pages of this book listeners will have the chance to learn the secrets behind the creation of 1920s Paris reconstruction (built in studios on the outskirts of London), or the remake of Hogwarts' Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom (set 50 years before Harry and his friends first set foot in the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry). Artists will also share their inspiration for designs of costumes, sets, and props, such as the Elder Wand.

The audiobook, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- Makers, Mysteries, and Magic', is available for £23.95 on Audible.com (or free with an audible subscription), and is divided into nine chapters in which different members of the cast and crew speak about their experience on set, and the different challenges faced when creating the various epic props and sets. The recording has been created from more than 100 hours of magical interviews, including those from Eddie Redmaye, Jude Law (who plays the role of a young Dumbledore), Katherine Waterston (as Tina Goldstein), and Alison Sudol (Queen Goldstein), and is to be narrated by Dan Fogler, who plays the role of Jacob Kowalski (the New York No-Maj). It is available for preorder now on Audible.com and is only available in audio form.

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