I think that all of us have been highly anticipating the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Some of us were wary, while others were excited for some new movies set within The Wizarding World. I myself was wary at first, but then once it was confirmed that Eddie Redmayne was to play the protagonist – magic zoologist Newt Scamander – I was beginning to lighten up to the idea. Then photos and teasers were released and I could not help but fangirl over another Harry Potter movie. I was merely a year old when the first Harry Potter movie was released and had only begun to become a fan of the series five or so years ago, so I hadn’t been able to experience the Harry Potter films in theaters as they release every few years. But now… now I can. And I just thank J.K. Rowling for that.
This review will be non-spoiler and quick because I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t been able to see the movie yet.
So this movie is about Newt Scamander – a Magic Zoologist – who arrives in New York City in the 1920’s with a briefcase filled with magical creatures. Long story short, the creatures get loose. But that’s not the only trouble brewing. There’s a dark force within NYC that could both expose and destroy the wizards that reside there.
I freaking loved this movie beginning-to-end. I love how with this, J.K. Rowling actually wrote the screenplay (which I own, it’s one of my most prized possessions). I think that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made up for the monstrosity that was The Cursed Child. Rowling wrote the screenplay and it just fits. You know how when you try multiple different keys on your key-chain, trying to find the correct key for the lock you’re trying to open but none of them work until you get to the last one, and it just clicks? That is how it felt to watch this movie after reading The Cursed Child.
I felt at home and in the Wizarding World when watching this movie. It brought back memories of watching the Harry Potter films for the first time after reading the books. I had never had the experience of watching a Harry Potter movie in theaters for the first time as it was released, since I was quite late to the Hogwarts Express, so it was nice to be able to experience this new story like this. I thank Rowling again for this.
Now let’s talk about Newt. Ah, Newt Scamander might very well be my new favorite Harry Potter character. He’s just so perfect. Not just Newt himself, but the casting of Eddie Redmayne as Newt was the most perfect fit. Nobody else could’ve captured who Newt is as a character as well as Redmayne had. Newt Scamander has brought forth the true meaning of Hufflepuffs, after years of being discriminated as the ‘boring’ house or the ‘useless’ house. I’m not a Hufflepuff myself so I never got effected by this, but now I’m glad that there’s a main character who represents everything the Hufflepuff house is about. Hufflepuffs are good finders and loyal to the core. They are friendly and kind and being sorted into Hufflepuff should feel like an honorary placement. Newt has showed that you shouldn’t be shamed for being sorted into the house of the badger.
Sorry about that little rant there, but I thought it was necessary. Newt isn’t the only great character introduced in this movie, but there’s also Queenie and Tina Goldstein, two American witch sisters who are unique in their own ways. Tina is an ex-Auror, and Queenie has the ability to read people’s minds. There was also a No-Maj (American term for Muggle) as a main character! That’s a first! This No-Maj is named Jacob and he plays a surprisingly large role in the entirety of the film.
The plot of this movie was the perfect way to introduce us viewers to the happenings of future movies and what they could possibly hold. I wasn’t sure about there being five movies at first in this movie franchise, thinking it was a bit of a stretch, but now that I’ve seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I now see the reasoning behind the five movies. There’s a lot of story that still needs to be told, and these upcoming four movies will definitely be worthy of seeing in theaters. I’m just curious to know what they’ll be called… Fantastic Beasts and Where to Not Find Them? Haha, no. But the title is already long so I’m not sure.
What did you think of this movie? Do you have the same thoughts as I do on the movie and the upcoming franchise of movies? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!