Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: how fantastic is it?

I have seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them twice since it has made its debut two weeks ago, if that says anything at all about the film. It follows the story of Newt Scamander, an English magizoologist, as he stops in New York City while trying to make it to Arizona to return one of his magical creatures to its rightful home.

This movie was screen-written by J.K. Rowling herself, after her 2001 book of the same name. She can now keep fans on their toes, since there are no books that go with these movies, and they won’t be able to read ahead and find out what happens. I recommend this movie for anyone in need of a Harry Potter fix.

Rowling has also confirmed that the storyline will be completed in five feature films, and Harry Potter fans everywhere rejoiced.

It is very hard to live up to the clout of the Harry Potter saga, but this first movie does so pretty decently. The setting is New York in the 1920’s with a whole new cast of wizards and witches. If anything, it is very interesting to see the Americanized version of witchcraft, and see what the wizarding world was like before the Boy Who Lived.

I won’t get into too many spoilers here, but my favorite part of the whole film was the name-dropping. A young Albus Dumbledore was mentioned, which makes you wonder what his involvement in future films will be like, along with Leta Lestrange, who family line has more than their fair share of crazy in the present day world.

It was not the most amazing movie I have seen, but it is the best one I have seen in a while, and it made my heart so happy to witness the wizarding world live on. Even though it’s a prequel to Harry’s world, which at some times is hard to wrap your head around, because you kind of already know what is coming. I advise anyone who has the tiniest bit of love in his or her heart for Harry Potter to see it. Eddie Redmayne is also a babe. Another incentive.

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