Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will be starring in the “Harry Potter” spin off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Reedmayne was only on the fence when first offered the role because he wanted to read the finished script before he made a decision. According to Vanity Fair, Redmayne liked what he read and is now up for the role.

J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series, has said that “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series but an extension of the wizarding world.”

Rowling will also be making her screenwriting debut with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them.”

Even though it is just an extension of the Harry Potter world, maybe there will references to characters or places that fans are familiar with. It would be nice to see Albus Dumbledore again alive and well.

The newest addition to the Harry Potter universe takes place 70 years in New York City before Harry’s story ever begins. It follows the adventures of “magiczoologist” Newt Scamander, who is the author of the text book of the same title.

According to Variety,  Warner Bros. are looking for two American girls and two American boys to round up the cast. Warner Bros. intends to start looking for the American girls next week now that Redmayne is on board.

David Yates, the director of the film, has some ideas for who to cast, which will make the experience easier. Warner Bros. want to be sure that Redmayne would play Scamander before they started casting for the other parts, so they can do testing with Redmayne. 

Fans look forward to diving back into the wizarding world of Harry Potter, even if there is no Harry Potter present. Learning more about the amazing creatures that fans only got a glimpse of in the films and books will be adventure thrill ride that any Harry Potter fan would love to see.

Photo: AFP