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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Fan’s Perspective

December 1, 2016 Film Reviews

by Patricia Santiago, film student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a film about magic zoologist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who finds himself in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards in 1962. He befriends a muggle (non-magical person) played by Dan Fogler, an ex-auror (hunter of rogue wizards) played by Katherine Waterson, and a witch (played by Alison Sudol) who works a desk job in the Magic Permit Office. After losing his fantastic beasts, Newt and his friends run around New York City trying to find them.

 
If you are a fan of the Harry Potter film and/or book series, it’s definitely a must-watch. The music and spells will bring you back to the wizarding world you’ve missed for so long. New animals and characters are introduced, but you do hear some familiar names thrown in there, like Dumbledore, Grindelwald, and Lestrange.
Although these new characters are introduced to the wizarding world we all know, the movie is a set-up for the next four sequels. The characters are there, but there wasn’t very much character development happening, which I hope will take care of itself as the movies go along. It seemed as if the characters were very awkward in each other’s presence and did not want to speak. I say this because there were a lot of reaction shots. It’s understandable for a muggle to be speechless and shocked when introduced to magic, but witches and wizards should be friendly with each other.

 
One thing that did surprise me was how much effort was put into the fantastic beasts. Each was unique and different, and held its own specific trait. While some were funny and curious, others were scary and deadly. One creature that is familiar to the muggle world as the dodo bird, made an appearance in the film. It is known to wizards and witches as the Diricrawl. They possess the ability to vanish and reappear elsewhere in a puff of feathers, which is what led muggles to think that they were extinct. Such creativeness can be expected when J.K. Rowling was the creator.

 
As mentioned before, if you are a fan of the world of magic, you must  go watch it. It will engulf you in cloud of nostalgia and make you wish that you had never left the wizarding world. Now, to those who were never involved in this magical world, you might want to go watch the Harry Potter films. Because “Fantastic Beasts” is directed towards an audience that knows a lot about the wizarding world, the movie leaves a lot of explaining out of it. Although they pause for a while to explain magic to the only muggle character in the film, it would be best to inform yourself about the world of magic before watching the film.

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