Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review


If I could describe this movie in one word it would be…surprising.

Not surprising that it was good, I knew it was going to be amazing from the moment the movie was announced.

It was surprising because I hadn’t really put much thought into the concept of the movie and what events would take place in the story. 

I’m used to knowing the book beforehand, or knowing the story it’s based off well enough to have an idea of what the next 2 hours are going to be like.

However, with this movie I found myself walking in mostly blind.

Of course I knew my basics, I’m a massive Harry Potter fan so I had a good idea of what it would be like, or what I thought it would be like, but there were so many surprises in this movie, for me, that it made the whole experience even better. 

Firstly, I expected the movie to be set in the wizarding world, I had hogsmede and diagon alley in my head when I should have realised that if the story is set in New York then chances are it would mostly take place in the muggle (non-mag) world, which it did! 

And just changing that one small thing, muggles in the background instead of wizards, made all the difference! The whole vibe of the movie was different (in a good way) because suddenly they had to try and be secretive and sneaky with what they were doing. 

Instead of openly using magic they had to subtly flick their wands and whisper their spells…of course once the action started that was thrown out of the window…and I suppose Newt isn’t the most subtle of wizards.

The time difference was obvious, the whole 20s vibe set it apart from the Harry Potter franchise. They really stuck with the theme and used everything to their advantage. 

I loved the inventiveness of it, the characters were funny and had a lot of depth. I got to know each character seperatly throughout the entire film! 

Not only is JK Rowling a brilliant author, she’s also a brilliant screenplay writer! 

I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would definitely see it again! 

Newt was adorable and quirky, he made me fall in love with him instantly and I think Eddie was perfect for the part! 

Bring on the rest of the movies! 

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