The Oscar winner has been cast as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

By K.c. Blumm
Updated June 02, 2015 12:10 AM
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Start pouring the butterbeer! Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been cast in the upcoming Harry Potter prequel.

Redmayne will be playing Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. announced Monday.

“Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity,” David Yates, who directed the last four Potter films and will direct the prequel, said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling‘s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”

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Scamander is the wizarding world’s leading magizoologist and author of the Hogwarts textbook that is the title of the new movie.

Rowling will be making her screenwriting debut on the film, which is due to be released on Nov. 18, 2016.