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.
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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
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.