Colin Farrell To Play A Wizard In Harry Potter Spin-Off ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’

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Warner and J.K. Rowling are expanding her 54-page Harry Potter spin-off book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into three movies *cha-ching* and now they’ve brought one very brooding wizard into the fold. Colin Farrell has signed to play Graves, a wizard the lead character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) will meet in New York while trying to track down magical beasts to write a book about them. Seventy years later, Harry Potter reads the book about these adventures, which is how this figures into the Potterverse.

On the one hand, imagining Detective Ray Velcoro as a 1920s wizard in New York is making me giggle like a schoolgirl. On the other hand, imagining a magical Colin Farrell in a period piece set in New York is bringing back some uncomfortable Winter’s Tale memories.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)