Open auditions for ‘Harry Potter’ spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Published 6:59 AM EDT, Wed July 15, 2015

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Open auditions to be held in London for "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

Casting team are looking for a girl aged 8 to 12 to play the role of Modesty "a haunted young girl with an inner strength"

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will star Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne as "magizoologist" Newt Scamander

(CNN) —  

Can you see yourself as the next Hermione Granger or Luna Lovegood?

If so, you might want to get yourself to London this coming weekend.

The makers of the next movie in the “Harry Potter” wizarding universe, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” are on the lookout for their newest star, and if you’re a girl aged eight to 12, it could be you.

Casting directors are looking for someone to play the role of “Modesty,” alongside established Hollywood stars Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller and Katherine Waterston.

Modesty is described as “a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them.”

Anyone who fancies their chances is invited to go along to the casting call at London’s Excel Centre on Saturday morning at 9am for the open audition.

Filming for the movie is expected to take place between August 2015 and January 2016.

Redmayne, who won an Oscar earlier this year for his performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” will star in the lead role as “magizoologist” Newt Scamander.

Scamander travels the world searching for magical creatures and documenting them in his book, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which is studied by Harry, Hermione, Ron and their classmates at Hogwarts School.

“Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling has previously revealed that “[the] story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets under way.”

Rowling, who will make her screenwriting debut with the film, says it is “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is due for release on November 18, 2016; it will be directed by David Yates, who was behind the final four “Harry Potter” movies, and produced by David Heyman, who worked on all eight films about the young wizard.

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