Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

An ever-expanding universe – 5 stars!

About the Movie

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs, Inherent Vice) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (Dig, Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (Trainwreck) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (In America, Sweet and Lowdown) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, TV’s Ray Donovan) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the Hellboy films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (Selma) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Percival Graves.


The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.


The film reunites a number of people from the Harry Potter features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.


Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (A River Runs Through It, the Sherlock Holmes movies), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (The English Patient, Dangerous Liaisons, Gandhi, the Harry Potter films), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Alice in Wonderland), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (Gladiator, the Harry Potter films), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 1), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four Harry Potter films).


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which was home to the Harry Potter films for a decade. Some scenes were also shot on location in Liverpool, England.


Warner Bros. Pictures has slated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for worldwide release in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX on November 18, 2016.

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy



This movie was, of course, bigger than life. Universally humongous, like only J.K. Rowling‘s multiverse can deliver. She is genius. I lover her. I want to marry her. Only her magical worlds can branch out like this to more infinite magical universes.

Flick your wand and extrapolate adorable animal lover Rubeus Hagrid and you get to equally adorable wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Wave that wand again and extrapolate the fantastic world of Harry Potter from England, all the way cross the Atlantic to magical America, with a The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) and all! Of course all this needs to happen in New York. Because, what is more magical than New York? Well, I would say Boston if you ask me, but no one ever asks me! But, hey, it’s OK. We all love New York. American, English, King Kong, Tarzan, Aliens, Wizards and now No-Majs. Everyone HEARTS NY!

Yes, No-Majs Because there are no muggles in New York. Extrapolate the English Muggles and you get the american version: the No-Majs.

But of course, like Harry Potter, this new magical adventure is much more than just a phenomenal magical story, in a phenomenal magical world, with even more phenomenal characters.

If you look beyond the glimmering magic, it’s also about animal rights and preservation and even the impact of mental illness.

And this movie was, of course, a MEGA impeccable production!

I hope this multiverse never ends, and becomes a never-ending saga like Star Wars that transcends generations. I hope to watch another wonderful J.K. Rowling’s movie premier with my grandspwans.

But let’ snot wait Hollywood People! We can start with Ilvermorny, the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!


In the meantime, I’m just going to spend my life fangirling in this wonderful website: Pottermore trying to find out when the new movie is coming. If you don’t see any new posts and you wonder what happened to me, maybe I just got lost there!

What about you? Have you watched the movie? Did you like it?


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