Fantastic beasts and where to find them: review

Once again, we are invited into J. K. Rowling’s magical fantasy. Interesting and exciting, though in a different time/era from the time of Harry Potter. This time we witness the events that occurred earlier on before Harry Potter. The movie was directed by David Yates once again with J. K. Rowling making her screenwriting debut. It stars Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Johnny Depp.

Story

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It’s great that J. K. Rowling presents a fresh world of magical fantasy to us. However, this story being the first of five (still to come) will take a little getting used to. Reason being that magic as we know it in the Harry Potter world was a bit different from this one. Probably because this one was given the setting of New York, USA. Hence, there were little differences I could notice between the magic world in America and the magic world in England. Non magic persons for instance in England ( as we all know, thanks to Harry Potter) were regarded as muggles but in America, they were called no-maj.

It is cool that these distinctions were made as in real life, America and England have their own little differences and ways of doing things.

We the audience are still in that haze of Harry Potter, so just a little more time on the screen and we will get used to it.

As usual, the story was amazing as J. K. Rowling stuns us with this new piece. The only thing I regret was not reading a novel for this one.

Characters

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Eddie Redmayne played Newt Scamander, an employee at the ministry of magic in England and a magizoologist who came to New York because of his work. He is seen as the main character of the title which later became the author of the book, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM in the future in Hogwarts school during Harry Potter’s time.He was eccentric and brilliant having this style and suave I still cannot explain but enjoy watching.

Katherine Waterston played Porpentina Goldstein, a former auror at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). She seems honest and down to earth, fighting for the right thing and trying to fight her way back to the top.

My favorite character was Jacob Kowalski who was played by Dan Fogler, a no-maj. He was accidentally exposed to the world of magic and he came to like it. Although he was obliviated later, I feel he might come back again for some action in the later movies.

Colin Farrell played Percival Graves, a high-ranking auror at MACUSA until he was exposed to be Gellert Grindelwald, one of the dangerous dark wizards who was portrayed by captain Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp.

Expectations

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Awesome movie, though there were some things I expected that I didn’t really get to notice. First of all, I didn’t get to hear many magical spells/ or even see them been used. The story was just a little empty without them. Comparing this with Harry Potter, I think I witnessed more magical spells there than here.

Apart from that, this was brilliantly executed though it doesn’t still change my thoughts on the fact that it wasn’t as good as Harry Potter.

Great actors, great story and great directing. Looking forward to seeing more interesting movies from this franchise.

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