Eddie Redmayne tells EW his two favorites

By James Hibberd
August 04, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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You have your favorites. We have ours. And now Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne is revealing his.

We asked the Theory of Everything Oscar winner which Harry Potter book and film were his favorites in the saga that serve as the foundation for his spin-off prequel film.

“My favorite film is probably the finale — Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” Redmayne said.

That’s probably a wise choice since it’s one of the four Potter titles helmed by Fantastic Beasts director David Yates.

“With the last two, they had something I kept rewatching, going back and watching Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Radcliffe do that extraordinary duel,” he said of the second film’s climatic scene. “When you’re [casting spells on set], the effects of this huge tension of what’s coming out of your wand is put [into the shot in post-production; you’re] literally acting with nothing, and I found it so operatic and deeply moving. I found it so climatically satisfying.”

And his favorite J.K. Rowling book?

“I suppose I’d go with the first,” he said, referring to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. “My little brother, when he was 6 years old, he would always read it, and it had that instant immersion into the world that made you release your imagination.”

Previously, Redmayne detailed exactly how he picked the wand for his Newt Scamander character in Beasts.

EW has Fantastic Beasts scoop every day every day leading up to the reveal of our annual Fall Movie Preview issue next week. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram with the #FantasticBeastsAreComing hashtag.

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  • PG-13
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  • 11/18/16
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  • 132 minutes
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