Even before landing the role of the shy and reserved Credence Barebone in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Ezra Miller is already a huge fan of the “Harry Potter” series created by J.K. Rowling.
He is such a huge fan that Miller can still recall the time he and his father cried over Albus Dumbledore’s death in “The Half-Blood Prince” while listening to the audiobook.
“Well, I remember going on a trip with my father and that we were listening to the sixth book,” he told Collider. “But I remember that the campsite got rained out. And so, we woke up in the middle of the night and we just started driving ’cause it was raining too hard for us to camp. And we listened to the rest of the book. I had read it many times and listened to it many times but he hadn’t. And I just remember, honestly, the two of us, weeping and weeping and weeping and weeping. Just going through a genuine grief process for Dumbledore.”
As for being a part of the “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts,” Miller considers it a huge gift and privilege. The fact that he got to work with Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) and Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) is even more amazing.
“I admire both of their work immensely. I think they’re both really brilliant, brilliant artists and yeah, it’s been really, really, fruitful,” he said, adding that he is “super grateful to work with great actors. It makes it possible to slip deep into a world of illuminated fantasy.”
Meanwhile, the movie’s producer David Heyman promised that the film will still evoke the same level of awe and wonder as the first eight “Harry Potter” films. “The ‘Potter’ films and this film all emanate from a place of character. Newt is an outsider, a bit like all of [J.K.’s] characters,” he told The New York Times.
Redmayne also told IGN that it has been both “extraordinary” and “amazing” working as Newt, and he is quite excited for the film’s release.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which is directed by David Yates, will be released on Nov. 18.