Getting cast in a major film franchise is a pretty big deal, however, not every actor is in a position to understand what you're going through. Luckily Ezra Miller had a Harry Potter star's number so he could call them and talk about being cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Ezra Miller had previously filmed the movie Perks of Being a Wallflower with one Emma Watson, who knows a thing or two about the Wizarding World, so she was Miller's first call once he received the news he'd been cast in the same franchise.
Ezra Miller said he wanted to talk to somebody who had worked with the people he was about to work with. This led him to him calling Emma Watson, who grew up before our eyes playing Hermione Grainger over the course of eight Harry Potter films. According to UPI, she put him at ease, assuring him that working on the films was a "magical experience."
Of course, a great deal about the Wizarding World has changed since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. None of the actors in front of the camera are the same as they were in the previous eight films. The screenplay was actually written by J.K. Rowling, rather than being adapted by another from one of her novels. However, much of the conversation between the two was apparently focused on one man who was the same between the two film series. Director David Yates helmed the last four of the Harry Potter movies, and also directed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is also where the most surprising piece of information came out. Ezra Miller says he was surprised at how calm Yates was, and he assumed that would change once shooting started. Emma Watson assured him that was not the case, that Yates would remain calm throughout filming. Miller has now verified that this is precisely what happened.
With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set to be five films in its own right, the new film series is looking to be almost as big as the original one. That's quite an undertaking for these new actors. However, if their quality remains as strong as Harry Potter did overall, then we should be in for another fun film series. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on Friday.