Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

What is this!?!? I’m posting on a Saturday????

Last night I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and wanted to give my thumbs up while everything was still fresh in my mind.


Not only is Fantastic Beasts starting a five-film series , but it’s allowing JK Rowling to spread her wings with her first ever movie script. The biggest difference between this movie and it’s former running mate, is that Fantastic Beasts didn’t have a built in book fan base. Sure, you can argue you that it did because Harry Potter fans never die. But, this movie really had to grab the audience on it’s own merit.

All of this makes the film’s Harry Potter pedigree a double-edged sword, but Fantastic Beasts manages to live up to those lofty expectations while also breaking new, highly entertaining ground.

Set nearly 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts casts Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne as magical researcher ,Newt Scamander, who must recover a rodeo of escaped fantastic creatures during a visit to New York City in 1926.

What I loved about this movie was that it was like rolling down your window for the first time in a new state. The air is somewhat familiar but there is something mysterious about it, because it’s not your home. We got too meet brand new character for the first time. We got to see an amazing cast of creatures that were pure imagination. It was really a great trip to the movies.

The cast, of course, was a huge reason for this as well. Eddie Redmayne and his cast of sort of side-kicks, were phenomenal. There was serious moments where you caught yourself holding your breath. And the comic relief moments were side splitting to say the least. The villains were goosebump inducing. The movie is very much worth a watch. I would say to be cautious of bringing the younger ones into it. The dark moments were enough to make me feel tense and nervous. I can’t imagine what that would do to a 9 year old.

There was enough references to our favorite Harry Potter cast in the movie to make it feel somewhat nostalgic. Mentionings of Hogwarts, Dumbledore, Newt’s Hufflepuff scarf in his briefcase. It was sporadic and gently enough to make me smile but not take us out of the current settings.

All in all, I was a big fan of this movie. Hurry up and go see it before you get a few things spoiled!!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

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The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)

Have a great weekend,