When Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was attending university, he auditioned as Tom Riddle in the original Harry Potter franchise.
Although he was denied the part of Riddle – or Voldemort when he still had a nose – his acceptance as Newt Scamander for the theatrical version of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them more than made up for his Harry Potter fanboy dreams.
Not only was Redmayne able to play Scamander in the box office success, but he has now leant his voice to a Fantastic Beasts audio book, set to be released on March 14.
In a trailer for the Fantastic Beasts audio book released earlier today, Redmayne reads a passage from the book about Demiguise, Niffler and Erumpet.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the Niffler. I’d frankly just talk about the Niffler all day,” Redmayne states in the trailer, before proceeding to read the wizarding encyclopedic section on the Niffler.
“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,” Redmayne said in a statement to Today.
“Ever since we first made the Harry Potter series available on Audible in 2015, they have been consistently among the highest rated, most downloaded, and most listened to audiobooks in our store,” said Chief Content Officer Andy Gaies. It’s no wonder that Audible decided to release another Harry Potter audio book and cash in on the Potterverse mania that plans to stick around.
Fantastic Beasts includes a foreword from Scamander about his visit to New York City, in addition to six new beasts. The audio book is available for pre-order on Audible and is priced at 12 pounds ($15.06.)
The companion to the world’s favorite magical series was originally published in 2001 as Harry Potter’s textbook, complete with written notes by Harry and his friends. Proceeds from the book’s sales benefited the Comic Relief charity.
As the movie and audio book feature Hufflepuff’s favorite son, one can only hope that the much-underrated Hufflepuff House is finally getting the recognition it deserves and that Rowling will keep adding to the Potter universe with more Hufflepuffs.