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Eddie Redmayne Acting 'Harry Potter' is no small business - actor admits

At the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival premier of 'The Danish Girl', Redmayne admits his new role as Newt Scamander in the 'Harry Potter' prequel comes with pressure because living up to the massively successful 'Harry Potter' films is tough and fans expect nothing short of the best

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Eddie Redmayne made history when he won the 'Best Actor in a Leading Role' [with Theory Of Everything] at this year's Oscar Awards and yes, he's currently making headlines for his role as a transgender in the yet-to-be-released 'The Danish Girl' but acting his latest role in the 'Harry Potter' prequel gives him the chills.

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Eddie Redmayne as transgender artist Lili Elbe

 

The actor admitted to E! News during the Toronto International Film Festival premier of 'The Danish Girl' that his new role has so much pressure because living up to the massively successful 'Harry Potter' films is tough and fans expect nothing short of the best.

"The stakes are high because they were so good before. You don’t want to screw it up. It’s a complete privilege for me. I love J.K. Rowling. I love the Harry Potter films [and] books so for me this is just the most wondrous gift, really."

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Daniel Radcliffe

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While Redmayne could be feeling the pressure of living up to fans' expectations, the movie's former star, Danielle Radcliffe says he just can’t wait to see the prequel and see what Redmayne would bring to the table.

"I’m excited to see them, especially with Eddie. He’s awesome. I think it’ll be fantastic. I’m intrigued to see what they’re going to do," Radcliffe admits.

Read More: Eddie Redmayne is 'Newt Scamander' in 'Harry Potter spin-off

Radcliffe further shut down rumors he could be making a cameo in the new installments of the Harry Potter franchise. "I feel that would be a very distracting thing so I’m not looking to pop up in them," Radcliffe concludes.

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Eddie Redmayne

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The news comes months after Redmayne was confirmed to star in the film’s first spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, where Redmayne will portray "magizoologist" Newt Scamander, who pens a Hogwarts School textbook about the various creatures that he encounters in the wizarding world.

"Like many people, I read those books, I watched those films, and became completely intoxicated by J.K. Rowling’s world. The idea of getting to tiptoe into it felt truly exciting. I hope it’s going to be quite a ride," Redmayne admits to Entertainment Weekly, via HNGN.

Watch Eddie Redmayne as transgender in 'The Danish Girl' trailer below:

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