This past weekend I went and saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Now, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve read every book and seen each movie probably seventeen trillion times. But when J.K. Rowling announced the trilogy (now a five-party movie series) of Fantastic Beasts, I was skeptical. I mean, the “book” that the films are based off is basically a novelty item for fans that lists out a bunch of made up magical creatures – there is no plot or story in it. I wasn’t exactly sure how Rowling could make it into a multi-part movie franchise. But, being the loyal fan I am, I went to see it.
And, my gosh, what a good plan that was.
The film tells the story of Newt Scamander, magical zoologist and researcher for the Ministry of Magic. Newt travels from London to America in a quest to release a beast he discovered back into its natural habitat in Arizona (that bit was confusing to me too). Along his travels, his magical briefcase full of all the beasts he discovers is opened by a muggle (or, as the Americans apparently refer to the, No-Mag) and the beasts are lost in New York. Newt quickly is joined by said muggle along with an ex-auror and her sister to track the animals down, along with stopping Grindelwald (the Voldemort of the ’40s). The film has the right amount of action – will make you laugh and cry, it’s such a great film. You don’t need to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy it.