Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Movie Review

The great world of wizardry is back and the hero is… a Hufflepuff! 

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We’re back to the wonderful world that J.K. Rowling created and I couldn’t be happier! The year is 1926, 70 years before Harry Potter and this time our hero is a young man named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Newt has been traveling through world collecting magically creatures and hopes to learn from them so that the wizarding world gets a better understanding of them.

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Newt has landed in America carrying a magical briefcase, carrying these misunderstood creatures. He accidentally loses his briefcase of magical beasts and it falls into the hands of muggle, in America they call him no-maj (no magic) Jacob (Dan Fogler). This no maj opens the case and releases these creatures into America and he discovers the world of magic.

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Now Newt must rescue his creatures before any harm becomes of them or others. Newt’s relationship with these amazing beasts is a truly beautiful thing. He deeply believes that this creatures are ones that his fellow wizards and witches should learn from.

His mission becomes more difficult when a dark force appears that the MACUSA (The Magical Congress of the United States) believe is the work of dark wizard Gellert Gindelwald.

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With the help of two sisters, Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie (Alison Sudol) and his new no-maj Jacob, Newt goes around the city to help save the world from exposure and harm of his animals.

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It’s difficult to not compare this film to the films and books of Harry Potter but there are similarities, besides the fact their from the same universe. The friendship between Newt and Jacob for one is similar to Harry and Ron. Granted, both were wizards, Harry grew in a muggle household for ten years believing that magic was nothing more than a fairytale. Both are from a different lifestyles yet managed to bring something out in each other.

Turning a book that is less than a hundred pages about the magical creatures and turning it into this amazing movie and showing the love between Newt and his animals is nothing sort of magical in itself. There were a few scenes that the pacing felt out of place but picked up and made me very excited to see where these characters lead.

It’s a great introduction of the expansion of the world of Harry Potter and added more strong and wonderful characters to cheer for. It had humor, magic, FANTASTIC BEASTS, and overall the feeling we had for Harry Potter all over it.

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