Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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The Potterverse takes Manhattan in this exciting prequel to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding saga. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an adaptation of Harry’s textbook of the same name. Wait, no… that’s not it. Actually, the film details the adventures of that textbook’s author, magizoologist Newt Scamander, in New York City in 1926. Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) stops in the city that never sleeps while on a journey to study magical creatures for his book. But his detour takes a turn when he loses his magically charmed luggage – and a few of those fantastic beasts he was keeping inside. With the state of magical and non-magical relations in the United States at risk of being upended, Newt joins forces with a No-Maj (American for “Muggle”) named Jacob (Dan Fogler) and a witch named Tina (Katherine Waterston) to recover the creatures before they draw too much attention. Unfortunately there are more threats loose in New York City than a few lost creatures… The film also stars Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, and Colin Farrell, and is directed by David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). J.K. Rowling herself wrote the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, marking her screen writing debut.
- Eddie Redmayne
- Sam Redford
- Scott Goldman
- Tim Bentinck
- Tristan Tait
- Colin Farrell
- Tom Clarke Hill
- Matthew Sim
- Katherine Waterston
- Samantha Morton
Did You Know?
- In an interview with Vulture, Alfonso Cuarón, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) expressed interest in directing this film: "'Azkaban' was fun to make, and when I did it, I was invited to do the next one, but I didn't want to overstay the welcome, because it was such an experience. But now? Why not? I do have stuff that I want to do (next), but a J.K. Rowling thing... They haven't called me yet! They haven't decided to invite me! Looking forward! At least to see it, because nobody's invited me".
- In the smashed subway, near the end of the film, Newt kicks a brick which is obviously made of foam.
- [Porpentina Goldstein sees Newt Scamander close the case as she walks in]
- Porpentina Goldstein: It was open?
- Newt Scamander: Just a smidge.
Atom User Reviews
This movie will be etched in my memory forever. It was very well cast and the storyline was amazing. I love the tie ins to the LeStrange family and the mention of preheadmaster days Dumbledore. The magic was phenomenal and Newt was a character you could fall in love with....and his creatures.....wow!
Definitely a must see especially if you enjoyed any of the HP movies!
Invention and effects are the name of the game here, predictably, and this world invites us in as effectively as the best of the Potter episodes.... Somewhat less effective is the film's character-bonding agenda.
Like the wizarding movies to which it’s connected, Fantastic Beasts is better the darker it gets, especially in a robust final reel where the film fully hits its stride.
Fantastic Beasts is a good movie, and offers a fun and inventive return to Rowling’s wizarding world, but it could have been a better movie if didn’t waste so much time setting up a new franchise.