Chop’s Guide Public Service Series: 11 Facts about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!


Howdy Y’all,

C. E. and I were talking recently, and we realized something we both hate on the interwebs are stupid click through pages.

You know the ones… here is something only mildly entertaining and rather than put all the information on one or maybe even two pages… we will make you load a new page for every single fact we give you just to make it as annoying as fucking possible.

We talked about how great it would be to have a site that put everything on one page for people so they wouldn’t have to get pissed off by like page 3 and quit… or just hate click through the whole thing if they are really interested in the topic.

Well, you are in for a treat!

We have decided to randomly do this public service just for you!


Mostly because I don’t think you would pay for this, nor would I know how to charge you… and it will only be occasionally when we go through one of these stupid sites ourselves.

Our first installment of making your life easier is 11 facts about the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This film is based on the book written by J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, and the movie takes place in the magical world of Harry Potter although quite a while before Harry Potter’s time.

I have not seen this movie yet, nor read the book sadly. I am a huge fan of the world of Harry Potter and a pretty big fan of Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell, but I have never been too keen on Eddie Redmayne and disappointed in the choice of him as the main character.

I have been wrong before, and I am sure I will see it eventually, I may make it a point to see it to give a review, but Redmayne just turns me off of this movie.

I just don’t seem him as a hero… maybe because he was such a whiny, effeminate fucktard in Jupiter Ascending or perhaps because he was the Danish Girl, but he has just never struck me as being someone to root for in a somewhat adventurous role.

I hope he proves me wrong… he was Stephen Hawking after all.

Here are some facts about the movie, so you do not have to scan 11 different pages for them, enjoy.


1. Daniel Radcliffe Had Costume Envy

During an interview with BBC, Eddie Redmayne admitted that Daniel Radcliffe had seen a photo of Newt wearing a dramatic, long coat. Radcliffe was jealous of the coat and was upset by the fact that he’d only gotten to wear a hooded cloak during his Harry Potter stardom.

2. Filming Never Left The UK

Fantastic Beasts was set in Manhattan, a marked difference from the location for the Harry Potter films. But don’t worry traditionalists; according to Movie Pilot, Fantastic Beasts was shot entirely in Liverpool.

3. This Movie Feels More Modern Than ‘Harry Potter’

Fantastic Beasts is set in the early 20th century, well preceding the Harry Potter films. But in an odd way, Fantastic Beasts has a more modern, mainly because it’s set in a bustling city. It plays with your mind a bit.

4. Actors Got To Choose Their Own Wands

In an interview with AOL, Eddie Redmayne described how he got to design and pick Newt’s wand.
“They gave you examples to start with. Newt spent the year out in the field. It’s seen a lot of action, Newt’s wand, in the wrangling of creatures. It was made of wood. It has a lot nicks in it. The bottom was made of shell. I love it. It’s really Newt-y. It’s not the most glamorous of wands. But now they’re selling it. I love my wand.”

5. There’s A Historical Connection

Fantastic Beasts references the Salem witch trials. According to Useless Daily, the witch trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690s, and the wizards in Fantastic Beasts are still nervous about what might happen to them if they’re discovered by non-magicians.

6. Eddie Redmayne Was Hand Picked By J.K. Rowling

According to Movie Pilot, Eddie Redmayne was destined to play Newt. He auditioned for Tom Riddle in Harry Potter but didn’t get the part. But when it was time to cast Fantastic Beasts, J.K. Rowling picked Redmayne for the role of Newt, knowing he was just right for the part.

7. Eddie Had To Explain His Wand To Customs

According to Fox News, Redmayne had to explain why he was carrying a wand through customs.
“I brought it because I felt like it would be reassuring to have Newt’s wand. But then we were coming through customs, and I suddenly realize that a wand looks like a really sharp, scary object and then to try and explain it to a customs person, I was like, ‘Have you seen the … No?’ That was a bit disastrous.”

8. Johnny Depp Can Keep A Secret

Spoiler alert! Johnny Depp has a small role in Fantastic Beasts. According to Movie Pilot, Depp’s scene was filmed back in January, and the whole cast was sworn to secrecy. Somehow, it worked, and Depp’s presence in the movie was a surprise.

9. Eddie Copied ‘Harry Potter’ Stars

Learning to use a wand isn’t as easy as it would seem. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Redmayne confessed that he watched the Harry Potter stars to learn how to use a wand.
“The other thing I would tell myself is do what I then did a couple of days later, after my catastrophic first day, which was go and watch what Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint] and Emma [Watson] did, and steal their best bits.”

10. The Next Movie Will Be Bigger And Better

There’s already a Fantastic Beasts sequel in the works, and it’s due out in 2018. According to Time, the sequel “moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.”

11. The Music Was Written Along With The Movie

In an interview with Mugglenet, composer James Newton Howard explained how he composed the music along with the film’s production over an unusually long period of time.
“In this particular case, it took nearly seven months, which is really long. One of the things David wanted when we first talked was a composer who would come onto the film early and in his words, be ‘part of the architecture of the movie.'”

Let us know if you enjoyed this, and we will try to keep them coming when we aren’t working on other things.


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