By Evelyn Thoen
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the most recent addition to the Harry Potter universe, was just released on November 18, 2016. Written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, the movie follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, a wizard from England, who arrives in New York in 1926 with a suitcase full of magical creatures. Scamander, who went to Hogwarts (the famed school that Harry Potter attends decades later), is a young wizard fascinated with the study of magical creatures. However, he runs into some trouble when he visits America, due to the much stricter laws for wizards and their magical creatures. The movie follows his escapades around New York while developing a more serious plotline that will be expanded upon in the next movies in the series.
As a long-time Harry Potter fan, I was very excited when I found out that new movies in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world were being created. Personally, I thought Fantastic Beasts was very good. The plot was interesting and the actors really embodied their characters well. The visual effects were stunning, and I found myself drawn into the story of Newt Scamander and his adventures. Overall, the movie was excellent, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the world of Harry Potter.
New Scamander is played by Eddie Redmayne, and other key actors include Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Colin Farrell.
The movie is rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence, and is more scary in comparison to most of the Harry Potter movies. However, the ultimate message is one of acceptance, adventure, and hope.