It’s a happy day for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them fans as yesterday morning, Audible and Pottermore announced everyone’s favorite Hufflepuff, Eddie Redmayne will be narrating the book of the same title, scheduled to drop March 14th. And who better than Redmayne, who portrayed Newt Scamander character in the 2016 film, to narrate the text that was (fictionally) written by the character he portrayed?
We’re not the only ones excited that he will be reading the book aloud. Redmayne commented on the honor by saying: “Before I was cast in the film, David Yates told me about Newt and this textbook… I found it so funny and so enchanting and really wittily written. But it wasn’t until I started reading it out loud for the audiobook that I realized how tricky and poetic J.K. Rowling’s use of sounds and language can be. There are some really great tongue twister words in here! Occasionally, I had to stop recording just because I was incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my tongue in a muddle. I enjoyed the challenge and hope listeners can sense that in my narration.”
To refresh your memory, Fantastic Beasts is the book that Harry and his friends use to study magical creatures. After referencing it in the Harry Potter series, Rowling eventually ended up writing and publishing the fictional textbook in order to raise money for charity in 2001.
The re-release of the book in March promises not only new cover art, but an addition six new beasts. Although, it’s hard to imagine any of them being as cute as Niffler.
You can preorder your copy of the audiobook from Audible today.