British girls vie for co-star chance in Harry Potter spin-off movie

Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:04pm EDT
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By Anastasia Gorelova

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of girls queued to audition in east London on Saturday for a chance to co-star in the planned Harry Potter spin-off movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

Whoever gets the role will star alongside Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, who will portray "magizoologist" Newt Scamander.

Some girls queued from as early as 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) for the auditions, having traveled from all over Britain to the ExCel exhibition center in London's Docklands, in the hope of entering J.K. Rowling's world of magic in the eagerly anticipated film.

Movie group Warner Bros and the film makers are looking for a girl aged between eight and 12 to take on the role of Modesty, a character they describe as "a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness".

Modesty also "has an ability to see deep into people and understand them".

Eleven-year-old Holly said she had taken the audition seriously with a lot of preparation. "I really love Harry Potter, I love the magic and everything. It's really imaginative.

"And I love acting. Yeah, and I just kind of started to consider the character, and I, like, almost put myself in her shoes."

Josephine, 12, and her sister Elisa, 9, had practiced their lines together. "Me and my sister, we just practiced doing some lines together, just learning stuff. We are thinking about the character because she is haunted."   Continued...