As Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them enjoys box-office success and generally positive reviews, one of the universally acclaimed aspects of the Harry Potter prequel has been actor Dan Fogler’s performance as Jacob Kowalski. Fogler’s performance as Jacob, a non-magical factory worker who is thrust into the magical world after meeting New Scamander, has been praised as both humorous and endearing, resulting in one of the most memorable characters in the entire Potter franchise. Folger spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his character where revealed which classic Potter character screenwriter J. K. Rowling compared Jacob to and teased Jacob’s development in the Fantastic Beasts sequels.
Fogler discussed how Rowling helped shape his performance by comparing Jacob to one of the original Harry Potter characters.
“In rehearsal, she gave me a nice hint. She said, ‘I love what you’re doing. Keep doing what you’re doing,’ and, ‘I love Jacob’s character.’ I was like, ‘Do tell.’ And she said, ‘He reminds me of Ron.’ That’s great because Ron, he gets to do everything. He gets to be the clown and the hero and he gets the girl. This is going to be fun.”
Fogler also revealed that Rowling offered him hints as to how Jacob will grow over the course of the Fantastic Beasts series.
“Whenever [Rowling] came on set, she would give us little hints about our futures, so that instills you with confidence that she is formulating a repertoire for you. She told me where this character’s going, and man, it’s an incredible transformation.”
Fogler will return as return to play Jacob Kowalski in the first Fantastic Beasts sequel along with costars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, and Zoe Kravitz.
Filming on the first of four sequels is scheduled to begin in July.