Flashback to the year 1926, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them takes us back to the wizarding world that we all grew up with and have adored over the years. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York City, with a mission to complete and document extraordinary magical creatures around the globe. For what was supposed to be a brief stopover, Newt finds himself tangled with a No-Maj (American for Muggle) and magical creatures on the loose, as he encounters what could be real danger between wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
The film offers a good introduction before the-boy-who-lived times, some undeniably mesmerising and some of them suitably dark and haunting (blame dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald). If you’re a true Harry Potter fan or a wanna-be wizard, you’ll be able to recognise some of these characters’ names who were mentioned before. Fun fact: The name Newt Scamander appears on the Marauder’s Map in the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – we’re going to have to go back and watch it now to fact check.
Expect the plot to thicken, along with the emotional tension and dazzling effects, which was one of the best parts of the Potter universe. You will find yourself laughing at little quirks, mostly from Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj, and a few of fantastic beasts from Newt’s magical case. Overall, the movie’s multilayered world holds a promise of interesting stories to come, something we can all look forward to while we reminisce our favourite trio.
For what originally was intended for a trilogy, fans would be glad to know the confirmation for a five-part movie series. This whole new franchise is off to a positively impressive start. Oscar Winner, Redmayne delivers a tender performance that subtly infuses the film with a lot of heart. Fantastic Beasts is enchanting, romantic and dark – retaining the Potter spirit that we love. The next instalment is set for a 2018 release. Now, time to binge watch HP 1-7! Who’s with us?
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016) = AWESOME ☆☆☆☆