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Fantastic Beasts Movie Review

By Cole Romine

Magical, funny, famous, J.K Rowling’s wizarding world is back with an all entertaining and adventurous film titled, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, released on Nov. 18, 2016. Whether you’ve read the Harry Potter series or not, see this new movie and it’s sure to make you smile from excitement.

“Fantastic Beasts” follows the story of a man named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a Magizoologist who goes to New York to release a magnificent creature, the Thunderbird, into the wild, but he finds himself in a tough predicament. Scamander unintentionally becomes involved with the magical community of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) and doesn’t realize the difficulties they’re facing — such as the No-maj’s noticing the strange things that are happening around them. The suitcase he carries — full of magical beasts — causes mischief in the city as well. In New York, according to the No-maj’s (non magic folk), the wizarding community is having trouble keeping their identity a secret, not to mention a dangerous man named Gellert Grindelwald is on the loose.

Although this movie is funny and entertaining, it is still not as good as the original Harry Potter series due to it going on longer than expected for something that didn’t have as strong of a base plot as the original Harry Potter series. Quite a few watchers have stated that this was definitely not one of their favorites, not to mention they almost fell asleep while watching it. People expected much more from the movie because they figured it would continue the Harry Potter series from where it left off, but that accusation is incorrect. “Fantastic Beasts” has little to do with Harry Potter due to the fact that it takes place in America (not the U.K) and occurred more than 60 years before the series.

Overall, besides the little kinks in the storyline, the wizarding world was amazing to return to. The graphics were better than before, the cast was perfectly picked, and the film, unlike Harry Potter, has entered an age of some comedy. The movie contained some romance, desolation, adventure, and mystery as well.