While some children may be enthralled by the fact that their father is a member of the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne claims that his children are not misled.
Eddie Redmayne says that his children are not impressed with his Fantastic Beasts performance despite his best attempts. Redmayne rose to new levels of Hollywood renown after joining a big studio franchise not long after earning an Oscar for his work in the Stephen Hawking movie The Theory of Everything. He was cast as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist, in Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter prequel series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Redmayne was a perfect choice to play the quiet but kindhearted and daring Newt from the film’s beginning.
The Fantastic Beasts franchise is currently preparing to release its third installment. The Secrets of Dumbledore will be released in theatres next week, adding to the building wizarding battle at the center of the series. This time, Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) intends to make a bold move for power in the broader wizarding world, so Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) gathers a squad to fight him. Returning players Jacob Kowalski (Dan Folger) and Newt’s brother Theseus (Callum Turner), among others, are at the forefront of this team.
With the debut of Fantastic Beasts 3 just around the horizon, Redmayne is out and around promoting the picture. He recently appeared on Live With the Kelly and Ryan (via ET Canada) when he stated that, despite his best efforts, his children aren’t interested in seeing him play a wizard. Redmayne’s 5-year-old daughter wanted to change the shape of his wand, while his 4-year-old son was not deceived by his attempts to imitate a natural magician. Redmayne elaborated:
“There was a time this year when I felt like I could try to get some brownie points as a father playing a wizard.” I handed Newt’s wand to Iris, my daughter. ‘Okay, thanks, Dad,’ she said, which I thought was thrilling. When I returned after an hour later, she had covered the object in tinfoil, formed a small star, and fashioned a fairy wand. ‘Now, this is a wand,’ she exclaims. My brownie points were slightly lowered as a result of this.
“Do you encounter moral dilemmas like, ‘Do I lie to my child?’ ‘No, you’re either a magician or not,’ [my son] says, and I’m trapped in the between. So I said, “Yeah, I’m a wizard,” and I did a coin trick, the only magic trick I knew how to do. ‘That’s not what you can do in the [Fantastic Beasts] trailer,’ he says. You can make things explode in the trailer. So I believe he told his friends at school, and they asked me to help out with some of the stuff in the trailer, which was a letdown.”
Dumbledore’s Secrets in Fantastic Beasts Newt Redmayne’s struggles to get his kids excited about who he plays on-screen are reminiscent of many MCU and DCEU actors’ experiences with their children. Children appear to be incredibly excited to learn that their parents are heroes, but they seem to be the most difficult to deceive anyone else. When Redmayne’s children are older and have access to Harry Potter, they may learn that being a part of the Wizarding World through Fantastic Beasts is fun.
Even though the franchise itself is veering away from the initial premise that featured his character, Redmayne has proven himself to be the Newt that Fantastic Beasts deserves. The first film focused on Newt’s love of magical creatures and how good he is with them, while the subsequent films have shifted their attention to the war against Grindelwald. Still, Newt is an essential character in Fantastic Beasts, and with two more movies planned following The Secrets of Dumbledore, Redmayne has time to win over his children.