Not only is “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” a highly-anticipated “Harry Potter” spin-off, but it’s also a stand-out film all on its own with an outstanding cast line-up.

One of them is Colin Farrell, who is going to play the relentless Inspector Percival Graves. Even though Farrell never read any of the Potter books written by J.K. Rowling, he had seen all of the films and loved every one of it.

What drew him to the role of Graves is his no-nonsense approach “to keep the lines between the No-Majs and the wizards defined, and make sure there’s no crossing over.”

“He investigates the dark arts,” Farrell further told the South China Morning Post of his character. “He’s like a federal agent within this world. It’s born of the same imagination that gave life to the Potter series. And although it’s set in a different time period, and there are social and environmental differences, there are still references to a world that is familiar to us as cinemagoers.”

As for lead star Eddie Redmayne, who is playing magizoologist Newt Scamander, he said that he felt drawn to his “knotty, slightly spiky” character. “He gets on much better with his creatures than with human beings. There’s a slight sense that he’s a bit damaged. He goes to be with his creatures because there’s a lot of solitude. And through this film, he finds people who are actually outsiders too, and they start making connections,” he said.

Redmayne even told IGN earlier that it has been both “extraordinary” and “amazing” playing Newt, and he is quite excited for the film’s release.

Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly has reported that Johnny Depp will be playing Gellert Grindelwald - Albus Dumbledore’s former best friend and rumored lover who dabbled with the dark arts.