Daniel Radcliffe is very jealous of the dashing coat Eddie Redmayne gets to wear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Find out what Redmayne had to say about his 1920's costume
One of the most exciting things about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the different visual aesthetic to the film, with J.K. Rowling taking a step away from the modern day and placing us slap-bang in the middle of 1920's New York! And with that history comes great fashion sense, as a key element of Newt's costume is his rather dapper petrol blue longcoat that he wears. It's not just there to look good though, Eddie Redmayne told Pottermore it's an important part of the character. Redmayne said: "It’s interesting, my costume, because one of the main routes into this character is the way he moves. With the tightness at the top of that coat, Newt’s a compact kind of guy, especially when you think about all the vials and magic he can fit in that coat. The trousers are slightly too short for him too, which works for the way I move as him. And it’s the 1920s. I love the whole look of that era." Who doesn't Ed, who doesn't?
Costume designer Colleen Atwood also explained why Newt's threads are blue: "I knew from the script that Newt is true to the sky and the earth and land, and that’s what I depicted in the colours of his costume." Stunningly, Atwood has also made 12 coats, though unfortunately Redmayne will be needing them all, so you shouldn't be expecting any to go up for sale anytime soon! We haven't seen much of Newt in action in the coat so far aside from the magical trailer for Fantastic Beasts and the behind the scenes shots, but hopefully we'll see more footage in the next trailer, which should hopefully be coming soon! For regular updates on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, click the green subscribe button below! And to keep up with all of the information we have so far, check out our nifty guide on what we know so far about Fantastic Beasts! What do you think of Newt Scamander's threads?