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
- Katherine Waterston
- Dan Fogler
- Alison Sudol
- Ezra Miller
- Samantha Morton
- Jon Voight
- Ron Perlman
- Carmen Ejogo
- Jenn Murray
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.