Heads Up, Potterheads: Fanstastic Beasts Movie Review

By: Antonea Rufa, Staff Reporter

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“Whimsical”, “thought-provoking”, and “extraordinary” are some words used to describe J.K. Rowling’s works in the Harry Potter series; the case remains no different when it comes to her latest story, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Set in 1920s New York, Fantastic Beasts revolves around Newt Scamander, a wizard who studies magical creatures and arrives by boat to the Big Apple from England. Newt’s suitcase is filled with all of his magical creatures in hand with the main goal of traveling to Arizona in order to let free his dragon. He is played by Eddie Redmayne who is well-known for his performances in The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, and Les Miserables.

Fantastic Beasts would not be a Rowling story without its quirky leading characters and, of course, Newt does not fall behind in this quality. While not the most talkative, he shines through his cleverness and determination to complete his journey throughout the film.

The movie begins when Newt first arrives in Manhattan where he loses a Niffler, an adorable money-inhaling creature, out of his magically extended suitcase. With the intent of capturing it, he runs into good-natured aspiring bakery owner, Jacob Kawolski, who he accidentally swaps his suitcase with. However, by the time Newt gets in touch with Jacob, several creatures have already escaped.

With the help of allies, Newt must overcome the challenges of finding the rest of his creatures, getting arrested, death sentences, prevailing against dark forces, and, worst of all, performing slightly lascivious mating dances in front of terrifyingly large rhinos in the heart of Central Park.

This movie is a must-see for any fan of Rowling’s wizarding world. It is a guarantee that the minute “Hedwig’s Theme” begins to play during the title sequence, it will feel as though you have not experienced such elation since her last movie.

For those anxious for the story to continue, it has been announced by the producer himself that, “[Rowling]’s written the second one. She’s got ideas for the third one. No one quite has ownership of them quite yet, in terms of having a relationship with the material, other than the relationship they’ll have with the movie when it comes out.”

Alas, until the future films hit the big screen, all we can do is rewatch and re-read this amazing, new take on Rowling’s renowned wizarding world.

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