Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Review

I want to be honest with you, when I first heard that Fantastic Beasts is going to be a movie I wasn’t excited at all. I knew about the book, I had even read it but it doesn’t have any events, it is like an encyclopedia about magical creatures. And also I wasn’t sure about what to expect from a movie after 5 years. Because I believe that everything has a right time to end. The final Deathly Hallows movie was that right moment for Harry Potter series to be ended.

But Oh My Rowling.

I enjoyed it so much that I watched it for a second time in theaters, also for a third time at home and I’m sure that it will go on and on…

First of all, for those who haven’t seen the movie I should mention that it has nothing to do with the original HP series. So you can still watch Fantastic Beasts even if you don’t know anything about the wizarding world.

Let me explain the movie a little bit.

Newt Scamander, a wizard from Hogwarts (Hufflepuff more specifically) comes to America with his magical case to continue his studies about the magical creatures. But when he arrives, one of his “beasts” escapes from the case and gets Newt into trouble with a “Non-Maj” (a Muggle) alongside him. But this creature isn’t the only one who manages to escape. So it goes bigger and bigger, even the Ministry gets involved. The movie is about this chase between Newt and his magical creatures while there is also another chase between MACUSA and a dark power that they try to figure out. But the most important thing is the search of Gellert Grindelwald, the most dangerous wizard of that time.

It may seem more childish than the original Harry Potter movies but considering there will be 4 more, I think it is going to affect us the same way as Battle of Hogwarts did. The dark times are coming..

So, what did I like about Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them ?

  1. It happens in America which shows us a new wizarding world, other than the one in England that we already know about.MACUSA_Insignia
    • MACUSA (The Magical Congress of the United States of America) has different, more strict regulations about the secrecy of the wizarding world. In America, witches and wizards aren’t allowed to have strong relationships with muggles whereas in England the Ministry Of Magic is into good relations with the muggle government. We even know that the muggle parents of Hermione Granger goes to Diagon Alley to shop with her.
  2. Even if we meet with lots of new characters, their personalities are introduced properly for only a 133 min. movie, which wasn’t so good in another new Harry Potter play/book. Their difference is, J.K Rowling wrote the script of Fantastic Beasts whereas Cursed Child was mostly written by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne so we can easily see she has a huge effect on the characters of this movie.fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-movie-characters

  3. As this movie’s script was written by J.K Rowling contrary to Cursed Child, I knew that when I heard a spell, it was performed correctly.
    • We don’t just learn about a new wizarding world or new characters but we also encounter with new spells like “Finestra”. I have never heard about such spell on anywhere in Harry Potter universe, have you?
    • And the “Obscurial” of course, which created so many new Harry Potter theories..

      “Finestra was the incantation of the spell which shatters the glass of the target window into dust, allowing people to walk over the shattered pieces without damage.” -Harry Potter Wiki

  4. Gellert Grindelwald, a Durmstrang student, who is considered one of the most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time goes on a search of Deathly Hallows.
    • We only know Grindelwald about what Jo told us in the Harry Potter books or interviews because he is related to Dumbledore and Deathly Hallows but this movie starts with headlines about Grindelwald and we properly see him at the end. His darkness is one of the main issues in this movie so we can expect to see more of him in the next 4 movies. We may also see the big duel between Dumbledore brothers and Grindelwald as a flashback, resulted in the death of Ariana, Albus’ sister and the destruction of their family.

  5. The conflict between English and American wizards.Hogwartscrest
    • The two main witches of the movie Tina and Queenie, who soon became friends of our dearest ex-Hogwarts student Newt Scamander, studied in Ilvevrmony (American Hogwarts). Obviously there were conflicts between these Ilvermorny_Crest_3two and Newt about which school was better or for exempe Newt was surprised when he learned that they call “non-maj” to”muggles”. As we are
      the generation grew up with English wizarding traditions we also take Newt’s side..

      Queenie: Ilvermorny! It’s only the best wizard school in the whole world!Newt Scamander: I think you’ll find the best wizarding school in the world is Hogwarts!

      Queenie: [Incredulous and semi-insulted] *Hogwash!*

  6. And finally it was an entertaining movie
    • Even it contains such dark events and dark characters, there was also humor in this movie which made the movie enjoyable. Or else, it would be very tense and boring.
      • Jacob was the main character who made this possible. I mean, he is a clumsy muggle who met with Newt by coincidence and got himself into the wizarding world.
      • There were also puns intended which were catchy if you understand them.

        “Mary Lou: Are you a seeker, a seeker after truth ?

        Newt Scamander: I’m more of a chaser, really.


Go check out the movie if you haven’t seen it already. Since there is a new wizarding world and new characters, there are also many new questions to ask and new facts to learn.


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