So you’re the guy with the case full of monsters, huh?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set around 90 years ago in the world of Harry Potter – although well before his time. The film focuses on the main character, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his suitcase of magical creatures. Unlike the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts is set entirely in America, mostly New York City – where magical creatures are completely forbidden. So when Newt’s creatures begin to escape he finds himself and his fellow wizards in a lot of danger.
At the beginning of the film Newt befriends Jacob, a “No-Mag” (aka a Muggle, someone with no magical powers) who sticks around as his friend and wonderful sidekick throughout the entire film. Jacob – played by Dan Fogler – is extremely loveable and is definitely one of the funniest characters. The pair work together with the help of witch sisters Tina and Queenie to locate all of the missing creatures before they cause chaos around the city, although they often find them when it’s far too late.
Although it is mostly exciting and fun, the film is very emotional too. For example, we watch Credence, a young wizard, have trouble controlling his powers throughout the story – many want to see his character return in Fantastic Beasts 2. Jacob also says a very moving goodbye to the wizarding world in the last few moments of the film.
It was exciting to watch more of the Harry Potter world be uncovered – especially in America – though I’d definitely argue that you don’t have to be a massive Harry Potter fan to enjoy this film. I’d recommend Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to anyone looking to watch an exciting action film with unique and interesting characters.