It's always seemed like a terrible oversight that Eddie Redmayne never appeared in any "Harry Potter" films, but now we know why: His wizarding destiny was just waiting for him a few years down the line.
Redmayne has officially been cast as the star of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the zoological followup to the "Harry Potter" series which is now being adapted for the screen. J.K. Rowling is writing the script, and the first movie is slated to hit theaters in November 2016.
And when it comes to the role of Newt Scamander, finder of fantastic beasts, there's no better pick than Eddie Redmayne. Why? Because...
He's vocally talented.
A guy who can sing like this will be able to mimic the mating call of the Flobberworm with no problem.
He's great at playing intellectuals.
After tackling the role of Stephen Hawking, playing a zoologist should be a cinch.
He loves a good family-friendly film.
Unless J.K. Rowling intends to write a new scene featuring Newt in a compromising position with a Mer-person, all of Eddie's activities in this series should be nice and PG-rated.
The Sorting Hat would know just where to put him.
Like Newt Scamander, Eddie Redmayne's personable nature and dedicated work ethic would make him a shoo-in for Hufflepuff.
We know he looks good in wizard-wear.
Everything he wore in "Jupiter Ascending" was clearly stolen from the closet of some fabulous Death Eater.
His absence from the Potterverse was a terrible wrong that had to be righted.
You just can't be a talented English actor and not appear in a "Harry Potter" movie, okay? You have to be in one. It's the law.