‘Fantastic Beasts’ Eddie Redmayne on how he chose his wand
The wand chooses the wizard.
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cast got to help design their wands for the film to help them get into character.
And Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, spent a lot of time making sure he got his right.
“I sort of assumed that I would have a wand sort of plopped in my hand… But the reality is that these amazing props designers come, and then you have really a quite intricate discussion with [director] David Yates about what qualities Newt has. He’s not a showy guy, Newt, so I wanted it be to quite simple. So we decided to have the wand be made out of ashwood, and it has quite a few scratches and sort of burn marks — so that you could get the sense that he’s been traveling the world with it, and it’s got quite a history to it.”- Redmayne.
He went on to add that when discussing the handle, which is usually made of leather or horn, that Newt wouldn’t have animal products in his wand due to his profession as a zoologist.
“So in the end, they came up with this idea of sand shell… and it has a slightly mother-of-pearly feel. So we had all these discussions and went back and forth with designs, and when the thing arrived I was pretty excited. My inner 9-year-old was having a disco, and then I was actually presented with it!”- Redmayne.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters November 18.