Soon, fans will be able to revisit J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world when Pottermore’s highly anticipated audiobook, the Hogwarts library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, becomes available on Audible on March 14. And ET has an exclusive first peek -- or listen, rather -- at Eddie Redmayne’s delightful narration.
In the clip above, Redmayne, who played Newt Scamander in David Yates’ 2016 film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts, reads the passage about basilisks, giant serpents that can instantly kill anyone who looks into their eyes, which first appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
“Before I was cast in the film, David Yates told me about Newt and this textbook. I found it so funny and so enchanting and really wittily written. But it wasn’t until I started reading it out loud for the audiobook that I realized how tricky and poetic J.K. Rowling’s use of sounds and language can be,” Redmayne said in a statement to the press, adding: “There are some really great tongue twister words in here! Occasionally, I had to stop recording just because I was incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my tongue in a muddle. I enjoyed the challenge and hope listeners can sense that in my narration.”
In addition to Redmayne's narration, the audio version of Fantastic Beasts, which has been revised by Rowling, features six new beasts as well a new foreword by Scamander.
While fans have to wait until March 14 before they can hear the entire audiobook, they can preorder it now exclusively at Audible. The audiobook also comes as the Fantastic Beasts film, which recently took home the Oscar for Best Costume Design, is made available on Digital HD March 7 and on Blu-ray/DVD March 28.