By Jane Asher
Updated: Nov 11, 2016 @ 12:04 pm
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In one week, the latest film from the Harry Potterverse, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opens in theaters around the country, and Harry Potter fans everywhere are brimming with excitement and anticipation as they count down the minutes—and movie's cast and crew know it.

At Thursday's world premiere of the film in New York City, Eddie Redmayne, who plays magizoologist Newt Scamander, revealed that he knows what's at stake with this particular movie. "We were such fans of the books and films and of course didn’t want to be the guy that comes along and ruins it," Redmayne told People. "So there was definitely a sense of expectation on ourselves, but I think that galvanizes you and I think it makes you work harder."

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Ezra Miller, who plays Credence Barebone—a new character we still don't know much about—echoed Redmayne's sentiments: "I'd like to say that I was scared because as a big Harry Potter fan, I felt like I was running the risk of being compelled to loathe myself," Miller joked, "It was certainly a little daunting."

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Redmayne and Miller are joined by relative newcomers Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, and Alison Sudol in the highly anticipated film, along with Hollywood mainstays Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, and Jon Voight, with a cameo from Johnny Depp as Dumbledore's nemesis, Gellert Grindelwald.

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We have total confidence in the stellar cast, thanks largely in part to Harry Potter creator, J.K. Rowling. "I can’t wait for people to see the movie," Rowling said at the premiere. "This is just the beginning and we don't know which characters are coming back, so this is chapter one and I think people will really like it. I hope so."

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on Friday, Nov. 18. We're counting down the days!

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