FANTASTIC Beasts and Where to Find Them is the hotly anticipated next film series in the Harry Potter franchise.
The story follows Newt Scamander, wizard and magizooligist and his journey, having been around the world to research and collect incredible creatures and beasts, to America.
The new film is set in New York in 1926, Newt Scamander intends to travel to Arizona but one of his creatures escapes his suitcase – after running into a no-maj (originating from ‘no magic’, the American word for ‘muggle’) and an accidental exchange of suitcases, Scamander, the no-maj and two witches who are looking to report him to the Magical Congress of the United States of America, MACUSA, are on the hunt to find the escaped creatures.
Fantastic Beasts is full of breath-taking cinematography and CGI, a surprisingly funny script and a heart-warming story that made fans worldwide adore the film.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander was the perfect choice and the combination of world-famous actors alongside him like Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths), Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) with less well-known actors like Katherine Waterston as Tina and Dan Fogler as no-maj, comic relief and overwhelmingly brave Jacob Kowalski. The variety makes it less of a name game and more about the story.
Whilst Harry Potter was a children’s book, Fantastic Beasts is definitely not for children – it felt more mature, for those who really care about the complete magical world and those in it, the ending of the film particularly reflecting that it’s not always going to have the happy ending with the music we know and love from Harry Potter as the young wizard finishes another year at Hogwarts – it was hard hitting and gave fans a taste of the magical world outside of Hogwarts, the Ministry and the UK.
The rumoured five-film franchise is suspected to follow Newt Scamander in the rise and fall of Gellert Grindelwald, concluding with the rise of Tom Riddle as Voldemort in 1945, exploring the backstory of even more of the Potter universes favourite characters in more detail.
Fans were thrilled to finally learn more about Potter’s magical universe. Leading up to the release of the film, author JK Rowling announced a new sorting quiz on official fansite Pottermore for Ilvermorny, the US school for magic and the American equivalent of Hogwarts.
Fantastic Beasts came out on November 18th and is in cinemas now.
by Sophie Luckett (@sophie_luckett)