We previously reported on the plans of Bloomsbury (UK publishers of the Harry Potter novels) to publish a new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling. The novella was based on a Hogwarts textbook written by Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter books. In 2001, Ms. Rowling allowed the first edition to be published so that the profits will benefit UK’s Comic Relief.
After sixteen years (wow!) and a film (with the same title) based on the novella, the new edition was released yesterday. There is even an audiobook edition narrated by Eddie Redmayne, the actor who portrayed “Newt Scamander” in the film!
According to the Harry Potter’s Page Amazon Store, the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has an updated foreword by Newt Scamander himself and an “unveiling” of six new beasts!
The Pottermore Correspondent had been with Eddie Redmayne at Audible Headquarters to observe the actor’s complete recording of the novella that took “five and a half hours and three lattes.” Here is one of the comments Mr. Redmayne made about the experience:
‘Before I got cast in the film, and before I’d even read the script, David Yates had told me about Newt and about this textbook. It was obviously the first thing I read in relation to the film,’ he says. ‘I just found it so funny and enchanting and I found it really wittily written. Until you start reading it out loud, you forget how brilliant J.K. Rowling’s use of the sounds of language is. There’s a lot of onomatopoeia and really tongue-twistery words. Occasionally I had to stop just because I was incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my tongue in a muddle. It was wonderful. It’s just such a beautiful book.’
Click here to read the rest of the amusing article, particularly a trick Mr. Redmayne used to get back into character.