Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them review

by Hailey Rodis, Co-Entertainment Editor

Rating: 8/10

Director: David Yates

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 18

Explore the world of magic and wizards, before Harry Potter came to be, in a country very different than Great Britain. Take a look at the wizarding world that Newt Scamander  (Eddie Redmayne) walks right into during America 1926.

The film, while it happens to come after the seven movie franchise and original Harry Potter movies, actually happens many years beforehand. The main character, Newt Scamander, a British wizard, has just completed a search across the world for indeed, the most wonderful magical beasts out there. He lands in New York intended to just be there briefly, however his plans are messed up when a No-Maj, the term used for non wizards in America as opposed to the word Muggle in England, messes up his plans. The beasts in his suitcase escape, and he races to catch them before all the No-Majs figure out what is happening.

It seems strange that in the New York wizarding world, No-Majs and wizards do not socialize with each other. This is explained by Newt as strange because even in the pre-Harry Potter days in Great Britain, wizards married Muggles all the time.

Fans of the franchise, only have a slight idea of what is to come during the film for the first time and only small portions of what may happen in the sequels that are already all of the rage. Just like the first film of the franchise, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was not filled with any amount of action close to the sequels, that is the same for this film. While not action packed, the audience’s attention is most certainly on the screen.

While the film is about the creatures that escape out into New York, there don’t seem to really be enough creatures. Only a handful actually escape, however there are many more in Newt’s suitcase. With the high expectations many had when going into the theater, there was a surprisingly low amount of creatures actually focused on in the film.

The movie, part of a five film series, is only the start of a new era of Harry Potter magic even though it is set many years beforehand. The film may even be the best the Harry Potter franchise has produced yet. The film is guaranteed to bring in a lot of income as the fans are loyal and put Harry Potter on everything they own, and there is guaranteed interest.