From the beginning, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has promised to show Harry Potter fans a side of the Wizarding World that they’ve never seen before, with brand new characters, placed in an entirely new setting and time. While a majority of the focus so far has been put on the differences between the film’s 1920s New York City culture and the British 90s culture that we were shown in the Potter franchise, the film is also set to introduce fans to entirely new forms of magic and fantastical creatures as well.
One of the most mysterious characters that is set to play a role in the movie though, is Porpentina’s (Katherine Waterston) sister, Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), who has up until this point only been described a “Legilimens,” but it looks like Queenie is going to have powers beyond anything that fans have seen before in the previous novels and movies.
Speaking with EW about Queenie, Sudol said that her Legilimens powers actually are much stronger than what we saw Snape teaching Harry in Order of the Phoenix or when Voldemort attempted to take over Harry’s mind:
“She’s basically a complete and utter magical empath. She’s able to read people — so it’s not just reading somebody’s thoughts. She’s can read into someone’s story, she can see people’s goals. And so even though she’s able to do magic with her wand, a lot of her magic is actually internal, which makes her a different type of wizard or witch. And she’s incredibly fun, playful, joyful, and free-spirited, kind and wise, and also has a sort of stillness about her because she’s always tuning into people, so she’s quite an interesting character to play — very vivacious and lively, yet very centered and aware.”
From the very brief amounts of footage that we’ve seen of Queenie so far, she seems just slightly strange, though always being able to read the thoughts of those around you and being able to understand them could probably do that to anyone.
Unlike some fans, who have become somewhat resistant to J.K. Rowling’s additions to the Harry Potter world recently, whether I like them or not, I can’t help but be excited to see this fictional world that I know and love so well, continue to grow and evolve in front of our eyes right now. Being introduced to a character as empathetic and powerful as Queenie, is one of those exciting changes in my mind, and I look forward to seeing how much more we know about the Wizarding World as a whole by the time the film is over.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theatres on November 18th.
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