The briefcase that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Newt Scamander carries is of the magical variety, capable of transporting otherwordly creatures. What if Scamander had to go through a Transportation Security Administration line with the briefcase? That’s the premise of a silly skit that aired last night on The Late Show With James Corden.
Corden plays a TSA agent who presses Scamander actor Eddie Redmayne to open the briefcase. Redmayne is reluctant to do so, knowing what Corden may find, but it turns out the late night host gets irritated not by the magical creatures in the briefcase but instead something much more mundane. Watch the clip below.
Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920s New York; Scamander comes to the American city by boat, so he doesn’t have to deal with the TSA, but that doesn’t mean his entry in the country was easy.
Writing on Twitter today, author JK Rowling discussed why Scamander takes a boat to America instead of using magic. Not only is there a limit to how far you can apparate, but doing so over the entire Atlantic ocean is “very dangerous,” Rowling said. Additionally, Scamander and his magical creatures might splinch–and nobody wants that to happen. Could Scamander have used a portkey to travel to America? Maybe, but that could have harmed the contents of his briefcase.
Rowling also reminded us that transporting magical creatures in the way that Scamander does is illegal in the fiction. That’s why Scamander goes through Muggle customs–“Wizards wouldn’t have been so easy to fool,” Rowling said.
Fantastic Beasts officially opens in theaters today, November 18. The movie pulled in $8.75 for its Thursday night preview and is expected to make as much as $80 million this weekend, to become the No. 1 film at the US box office. For more on the movie, check out GameSpot’s review and what other critics are saying.
The Late Show With James Corden airs on CBS, whose parent company, CBS Corp, also owns GameSpot.