My heroes are always people who feel themselves
to be set apart, stigmatised or othered. That’s at the heart of most of what I write. And it’s certainly at the heart of this movie. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
was a textbook that Harry Potter used at school. While I was writing Potter, I became
quite interested in Newt Scamander. So I knew quite a lot about Newt. He’s been travelling the world.
Studying magical creatures. He calls himself a “magizoologist”. First trip to America? Yes. Must get that fixed. Newt’s creatures live in this magical case. You open it up, you can go down. It’s an amazing space. [whistling] Newt feels more at home with creatures
than he does with human beings. C’mon, gimme a smile. Newt walks into a society he doesn’t really understand. Mr. Scamander, do you know anything about
the wizarding community in America? I know that you have rather backwards laws
about relationships with non-magic people. You’re not meant to befriend them. You can’t marry them, which feels
wildly upsetting to me. Who’s going to marry him? And then Jacob accidentally opens
Newt’s case full of magical creatures. Hey! Mister English guy! I think your egg is hatching. So Newt gets embroiled in this adventure. He starts to look a bit more like a hero. It’s something that has implications
for the whole wizarding world.