Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was released on November 18, 2016. The film was inspired by British wizard, Newt Scamander, author of a Hogwarts textbook from Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
On May 13, 2014 it was first announced that Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them would become a motion picture. The excitement of this Harry Potter revival became similar to that of Star Wars, but this time it has a completely unique plot, written by none other than J.K. Rowling herself. This marks her debut to screenwriting and more in the future with confirmation of this being the first of a five movie series that will span a 19 years story.
Shall we step back into the wizarding world and magical suitcase of the long awaited movie Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them.
New York 1926, Eddie Redmayne stars as the central character, magizoologist Newt Scamander. He sets out on a global exploration to find and study an array of magical creatures with suitcase full of mischievous beasts, such as the Niffler.
He plans on the trip to only be a brief visit, but an array of problems arise from an encounter with a No-Maj named Jacob. Cases are switched, beasts are released, new villain and obscurious. The situation threatens to reveal the wizarding world to the No-Maj which puts Newt in a tight position with The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).
The dazzling imagery throws Harry Potter fans back into the magical world created by J.K. Rowling. “Let me tell you, I ain’t got the brains to make this up,” a line said by character Jacob Kowalski in the movie.
Fantastic Beasts combines the wizarding world and the extravagant Roaring 20’s to create a “new era” of the series. Throughout the movie Newt cares for these beasts that haven’t been given the chance to be understood.
This movie lays down the story for the films to follow, as there is not a book series that goes along with these movies. With that, this film has some advantages; it won’t have a book series to live up to.
Potter fans are expecting a Dumbledore and Grindelwald showdown in the span of 1926 through 1945, as alluded in the Harry Potter series.
The film was directed by David Yates, who also filmed the last four Harry Potter movies in the franchise. This movie had new faces such as Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler to accompany Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Eddie Redmayne. The movie also stars Ezra Miller and Colin Farrell.