Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a movie based on the textbook Harry Potter and his friends used at Hogwarts. The film was released on November 18, and J.K. Rowling announced on October 14 that there will be five total films from this series.
The movie begins in 1926 New York, when five Aurors are sent flying from an unknown white light. Dangers are increasing for the magical world with a magical force destroying the city and threatening to reveal magic to anti-wizard fanatics. Grindelwald has also disappeared from Europe and could be anywhere.
Newt Scamander, a magizoologist (a wizard who studies magical creatures), arrives in New York with his case full of magical creatures and his dream to save and care for the misunderstood beasts. Newt’s visit gets sent on a detour when he runs into an aspiring baker and a demoted Auror, leaving his creatures scattered around an already troubled New York. Percival Graves, a director of the Magical Security department, suspects Newt and his new friends are a part of the chaos happening around New York. Newt is now sent on a wild chase to find his magical creatures while avoiding the Magical Congress of the United States of America where he soon discovers that there are dark forces in New York that he never expected.
Wow, I have waited for a long time to see this film. I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, and I was extremely excited to see that the textbook Harry Potter and his friends read would be turned into another movie about the magical zoologist in America. This movie introduces the wizarding world in a new light and with new characters I immediately fell in love with (especially when I saw that Newt was wearing a Hufflepuff scarf – my house!). After watching the movie, I had many questions about the Obscurials, Leta Lestrange, Dumbledore and Grindelwald, Newt’s past life, and his expulsion from Hogwarts. Overall, I can’t wait for the next movies to come out and finish telling this untold story of the wizarding world.