J.K. Rowling’s new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to be released this November, and star of the movie, Ronan Rafferty has let us in on what we can expect from it.
The Irish actor features in the Harry Potter prequel and opened up about life on set, revealing that the magical land they built to house the movie, was nothing short of incredible.
Speaking exclusively to VIP Magazine, Ronan said, “It looks amazing, well the bits that they’ve let me see. They built three or four full square blocks of NYC but it’s all set in the 1920’s so it’s all big period pieces, working trams and massive buildings.
“There are extras everywhere, and rain machines following you around when you’re walking. It’s fantastic. It was an amazing experience.”
The movie follows the tale of two lead characters Graves (Colin Farrell) and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), 70 years before Harry Potter reads a book about the pair in school, and while there’s set to be lots of wizardry and wonder, Ronan admitted that the CGI aspect of the film, wasn’t something he got too involved with.
“That was mostly Eddie Redmayne and the other lads who were doing that,” he told us. “I can’t say too much about that, but I wasn’t heavily involved in that side of things.”
Besides Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Ronan has recently featured in The Siege of Jadotville alongside Jamie Dornan, which was a very different type of movie.
The historical drama tells the story of the Irish UN battalion that underwent a siege during the 1961 disturbances in the Congo, and opening up about that movie, Ronan said, “It was tricky at times, but an amazing experience. It’s not a place you would often plan to go to, so we were so lucky that they set us up there.
“We had great people looking after us at the start while we found our feet, and then eventually we did and we’d go out to the little towns around the place. There was great food and great people.
“Some of the lads who live there would take us out to where they’re from so we got to know it a bit better, and it was amazing.
“It’s been a good year. I’ve a lot coming out and then I’ll move onto something else in a month or two.”