The magical world of Harry Potter was revisited in J.K. Rowling’s original screenplay “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The story follows the one and only magizoologist, Newt Scamander, and his journey through both wizard and No-Maj (non-magical folk) America in New York City.
Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, is on a trip to procure another magical beast when his case of creatures is unleashed. Along with some wizard allies and a No-Maj, Scamander searches for and hopes to protect his beasts before any harm befalls them or New York City.
“Fantastic Beasts” brought back the magical love of Harry Potter generations of Rowling fans grew up with. With the use of CGI, the audience was able to see what mystical animals, including a thunderbird, bowtruckle and niffler, looked like.
The charming humor, quirky new beasts and new characters that were introduced helped make the film an enjoyable experience. The costumes and hairstyles were impeccably done to reflect the 1920s—the era in which the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ was set.
There were also elements from the Potter movies that die-hard fans will recognize and appreciate. Albus Dumbledore, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald and the Lestrange family were all mentioned throughout the duration of the film. The start also brought back the recurring theme music that all viewers know so well.
Such an intricate storyline could not be complete without some famous faces to heighten the excitement. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller were some of the recognizable talents among the cast.
Rowling left many holes in the plot that fans will eagerly be awaiting answers for in the next four films. Surely, with Rowling set to write and David Yates continuing to direct, fans can expect just as fulfilling magical movies in the future.
The coming sequel is set for release in Nov. 2018.