We are a little under two months away from the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – our next adventure in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As fans continue to conjure up their excitement for the Harry Potter prequel/spinoff, the upcoming film’s performers continue to share their experiences stepping into the one of the most iconic universes in both literature and cinema.
Katherine Waterston, who portrays the film’s female lead, Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein alongside Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander was interviewed by Collider‘s Adam Chitwood about her role in the upcoming film. When asked about being Rowling’s newest prominent female character and inevitable comparisons to Hermione Granger, Waterston had this to say:
It never occurred to me to compare myself to her just because we’re both female, in any way. You know, they’re totally different characters and I don’t feel like I’m stepping into her shoes simply because I’m a woman. It’s just amazing to be a part of this world that means so much to people and I don’t have any problem with considering it in that way. It just never occurred to me to think of it in those terms and probably it would make me nervous at the thought of it (laughs) because she was so good in those films. So, I just don’t think about that.
One of the countless strengths that Rowling has showcased in her books was the prominence of her female characters – particularly Hermione, who has become an icon beyond the Harry Potter series. It’s nice to hear Waterston’s character won’t be a Hermione 2.0 but rather another great addition to the wizarding world female or not. Thankfully, we have a wonderful actress like Waterston who is more than capable of bringing this character to life. Audiences get ready, because her star is only going to rise with this as well as in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters on November 18.