Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Fantastic Beasts is the add-on to the Harry Potter universe that Cursed Child wasn’t.  This one was written by JK Rowling, after all.  That being said, it isn’t really like the original movies at all, and it isn’t meant to be.  It has a completely different feel to it with it taking place in 1926 NYC with an older cast.  It’s a different world really.  But the little bits throughout the movie where they talk about Dumbledore and Hogwarts and a few other things remind you that this is a place you kind of, sort of know.

I loved all the different animals we got to see.  I need a Niffler, they are just so adorable!!!  The characters are great, and I can see as the story continues in the next 4 movies, that we are going to grow to love them almost as much as our Harry Potter favorites.  Almost.

The story is fun and hints at how dark it is going to get in the future.  I’m so excited that we are going to get the chance to see Grindelwald and hopefully the lead up to his battle with Dumbledore.

If you liked Harry Potter, you have no excuse not to go and see this movie.  You won’t be disappointed!


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