Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Imagine this – the year is 1926, and an unusual and mysterious man named Newt Scamander (who looks awfully like Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York with a suitcase full of magical creatures that are often misunderstood, a bit like Newt himself. His creatures are released into the world as Newt bands together with some unlikely allies to save them before the New York Ministry get a hold of them.

This movie is a solid addition to the Harry Potter series (which I am a massive fan of), full of the spells I’ve grown up hearing on the big screen, with spellbinding action and lovable characters.

I was often surprised to find myself laughing out loud at the quick witted characters one minute then feeling troubled the next at how quickly the movie could change to a dark scene – which is a good thing I may add. I hate movies where you know what to expect.

My only complaint is that it did take a while for the film to get to the big dramatic ending, which felt quite abrupt and out of no where when it did finally come. But this gave me a chance to get to know Newt and the other character’s better by focusing on him and the creatures he carries around.

Newt and his No Maj (American or Muggle) friend were so lovable and similarly to the Harry Potter trio had me wanting to see more of them. The bad guy in this movie wasn’t quite as devious and evil as Lord Voldermort however, but who is?

Anything magical that allows me to escape the real world and throw myself into a land of fantasy and adventure is perfect for me. I still prefer the Harry Potter films, but I can’t wait to see more of Newt and his creatures. Eddie Redmayne is the perfect actor for this role and does the HP world proud.

Worth a watch, HP fan or not (if not you’re strange). It’s amazing seeing the creatures that J.K.Rowling has managed to imagine in her head and what these movie makers have brought to life, I feel like the creatures in this film are real now and all around us.


Would give it a 9/10 – which is probably biased though because I adore anything HP related. Oh and don’t worry there’s plenty of mention of Hogwarts in here even if you don’t see it.


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