Eddie Redmayne on how Fantastic Beasts 2’s dark turn affected his performance

When Eddie Redmayne is at his best, which he usually is, there’s an infectious joy in his performances. Nowhere does that shine through as brightly than in his portrayal of Newt Scamander, the heart of the Fantastic Beasts film series.

In the first installment, Scamander’s energy filled the whole film from start to finish, making it the warmest Potterverse film since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This time in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the darkness overtakes it, as Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald starts to rise in power.

“With Grindelwald, you have a nemesis who’s not as ostensibly evil as Voldemort but he has a corruptive, charming quality that I find almost more sinister,” Redmayne tells Al Arabiya English.

“The vibrancy and the joy of the process felt the same, but I feel like [writer JK Rowling] has upped the stakes in the Crimes of Grindelwald. Our characters are being pushed in new ways.”

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