‘Fantastic Beasts’ rebuilds the wizarding world


The long-awaited addition to the Harry Potter movie universe “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was released on Nov. 18 to further our understanding of the wizarding world we have all come to love.

This story starts as the wizarding community is put on edge in 1920s New York City and an English wizard arrives from a Trans-Atlantic ship.

Actors in the movie include Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Colin Farrell as Percival Graves and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. 

Newt Scamander is the main protagonist of the movie, his back story is slightly touched on besides his education at Hogwarts in England, his house at Hogwarts is Hufflepuff shown by his scarf of the house colors, he was expelled from school and eventually joined the Ministry of Magic to regulate magical creatures, and his expulsion was argued against heavily by Albus Dumbledore. 

The story begins as Newt Scamander arrives to a U.S. customs check point in New York City as he gets off a Trans-Atlantic ship ride from England.

As Scamander  and other characters are meeting for the first time and interacting with both wizard and common none wizards the greater world they try to conceal is put at risk from a cult against magic and wizards.  

The movie wasn’t complicated and can be enjoyed by many different age groups whether they are a seasoned fan of the wizarding world or a passing moviegoer.

A new world was created in New York City with this story previously not mentioned in the older Harry Potter movies.

With new creatures running wild in New York and other creatures stealing from banks or jewelry stores the clothing and pass times of the roaring 20s is as important as the magical beasts in the movie.

For the five year wait to return to the wizarding world I felt it was sub-par compared to the level of quality of the plot the previous movies left on a mass fan base.  

According to Forbes.com the Fri-Sun opening weekend of the movie made only $75 million dollars in comparison to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” which made $169 million opening weekend in August 2011.

A veteran fan of the franchise will enjoy the addition of the many new magical creatures and dynamic of a different wizarding community a “No-Maj” or non-wizards.

For the casual moviegoer the visual effects that make up the many magical properties paint a picture that rivals the prior movies.