Saturday 26 November 2016

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ begins in 1926 as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) 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.

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I think pretty much every blogger I know is at least a little obsessed with Harry Potter and has been eagerly waiting for the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them since the movie was first announced. I have been desperate to dive back into J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World and if I'm honest I'm actually thrilled that she decided to take us on a journey into a whole new era and introduce us to a completely new set of characters rather than try to extend Harry's journey.

Anyway, I FINALLY managed to go and see the movie yesterday and it was AMAZING. I loved every single minute of it and I'm already planning to go and see it a second time (I can't even remember the last time I went to see a movie at the cinema twice!). I loved taking a step back in time to 1920's New York and thought they'd done a brilliant job of bringing that era to life. The characters are great, the special effects are stunning and I adored the wonderful creatures we are introduced to.

Getting to look inside Newt's suitcase was like visiting Hogwarts again for the first time. Remember seeing Harry run through the wall to reach platform 9 and 3/4? What about your first glimpse of the castle with those moving staircases and the talking portraits? Watching your first Quidditch match? Fantastic Beasts has that same magical feel to it and the sheer scale of the world Rowling has created is epic.

I'm not going to say much more because I don't want to spoil the movie for those few people who haven't seen it yet but I desperately want a niffler and a bowtruckle of my very own. I mean, just look how cute they are:

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think of it? Are you as excited as I am about this new wizarding world franchise?


  1. I have not seen the movie yet and I haven't read it either. But I am dying to read it. I have just started the first HP book with my son (who is 9) and I'm excited to get back into the HP Universe once again.
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    1. This is actually one of the very rare occasions I watched the movie before reading the book! I'm planning on starting the screenplay soon though but I wanted to have the movie imagery in my head when I was reading it.

      How exciting to be reading HP with your son, it must be wonderful to see it for the first time again through his eyes :o) I hope you both enjoy the whole series together!

  2. I was a bit disappointed with this one. Won't go into details because I don't want to spoil it for people who haven't seen it yet. However the Beasts were fantastic. And the CGI was gorgeous. And I do want a niffler!

    1. Such a shame you were disappointed Olivia. The CGI was absolutely stunning though and I loved all the different beasts. I definitely need a Niffler and a Bowtruckle LOL



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