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Lumos Maxima. What Jo has done is create this world
where wizards and Muggles are living side by side but the Muggles are not
aware of it. So the headquarters of MACUSA is the Woolworth Building. It’s different to the Ministry of Magic in London in the sense that, the same
building is occupied in different dimensions. So it’s a Muggle building until you know the right way to get in, and then it changes and then
you’re inside MACUSA. The Woolworth Building at the time was
the tallest building in the world. We have tried to represent the entire
footprint of the building but we haven’t anywhere near. the real thing is much
bigger than our very big set. Inside the real building, it’s not open plan, it’s a series of small offices. So I had to think of something to do with it, that would actually elevate it to something. Well, ultimately magical really. The chief
decision with that in mind was to eliminate the floors. So the lobby level
is just open space. All the windows are exposed and it’s is this vast, tall,
cathedral of light. There are basement floors where all the
work is done. And the further down you go, the more menial the work and the more dreadful the conditions. We imagined the pentagram was hundreds and hundreds of years old. It’s all carved
wood, all the decoration is carved wood. It was very loosely modelled on
the Houses of Parliament. I was astonished. Every extra could have been leading man or lady. They were exquisite and everyone looked
different. There was nothing repeated. Wizards from Hungary and from Mongolia and Russia, from Thailand, and wizards from Ireland and wizards from Pakistan. This is amazing. Tina, she burst in, became the victim
in the center of the floor with this tiered seats and the delegates from
around the world of glaring down at her. It was a good, intimidating space. That’s
exactly what it was supposed to be. don’t understand nothing there’s nothing The death cell is almost like being put to death in their Swiss clinic. Everybody’s really nice, but they’re putting you to death. It’s gonna be like, almost a shock to the
audience, I think, because it’s such a cold and weird scene. It’s almost like
being in a David Lynch film. The death chamber was an interesting,
different look down in the bowels of this place below the basement levels in
the foundation. It’s very clinical. The walls align with
white marble like a mortuary. Right above it, the massive cast iron beams which are the very foundation of the building. So you get the sense you are deep, deep,
deep underground which helps the secret sinister connotations of the place. Thank you for all of the support you’ve
given our film. It’s a privilege to be a part of this new era of magic. We all hope that you have a brilliant time celebrating and reliving the magic of
Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts. It sort of makes me want to be a wizard.

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