Fantastic Beasts: Harry Potter spin-off gets VidCon preview with Tyler Oakley, more YouTube stars
To promote the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, VidCon invited YouTubers from around the world to discuss the wizarding world and answer fan questions.
In a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them live-streamed panel (which has since been removed from Facebook and YouTube) moderated by social media stars Tyler Oakley and Ingrid Nilsen, the pair joined Andrés Navy, Leticia Torre Walsh, Jack Maynard, Charlie McDonnell, Fátima Orozco, Javier Ruescas, and Holly Molly to discover what magical spells they would all use, and in line with the event, what was so lasting about the franchise about “the boy who lived.”
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Warner Bros. invited J.K. Rowling fans to join in the festivities via Twitter. The “Fantastic Beasts” Twitter account sent out an online invitation that read, “You’re invited! Join creators from around the world for one special night.”
“A lot of us were there for the book releases at midnight growing up,“ Oakley said in response to an audience question. ”I think what I’m excited to see the most is seeing the fandom that lives, and has continued to live since the original books came out, have something super exciting to come together again.”
The social media creators shared their enthusiasm by revealing their favorite magical spells, how they would use them and how they could create their own beasts. One audience question directed to Jack Maynard gave fans a treat as he described his “Fantastic Beast” as a flying walrus.
Before whisking away on their brooms, Oakley, whose national stage tour was documented for last year’s Snervous, teased that ”something new” will be coming tomorrow from the Fantastic Beasts social accounts.
Also on Wednesday, the social stars shared some wand-wielding skills, seen in the video below, which they picked up from the U.K. set of the movie, in theaters November 18.