Harry Potter fans around the world rejoiced when it was announced that JK Rowling would be penning the screenplay of a brand new venture into the world of Harry Potter – albeit without the Chosen One himself. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released last year, set in 1920s New York and starring a character fans had only heard mentioned by name so far in the franchise: famed magizoologist Newt Scamander.
The film was based on a fictional textbook written by Rowling for the charity Comic Relief in 2001, and now, with the success of its big-screen adaptation, it’s getting an audiobook.
It was revealed on the interactive Harry Potter website Pottermore that Eddie Redmayne, who portrayed Scamander in the film, will be narrating the audiobook. Redmayne spoke about about lending his voice to the book:
“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.”
Watch the promotional video below:
The audiobook of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released worldwide on March 14th, but it’s available to pre-order now on the website Audible.