We watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last weekend and holy crap it was awesome. I remember feeling so grateful for the creators and the technology for making the magic come alive onscreen and I was also thinking to myself how awesome it would be to live in that magical world. Yeah, I freakin’ loved it.
The movie is set years before Harry Potter’s time and introduces us to Magizoologist Newt Scamander, the author of the Fantastic Beasts reference book (a required textbook for Hogwarts students, remember?). In the movie, Newt, who hasn’t finished his book yet, travels to New York as part of his mission to rescue and study magical creatures. All he has with him is a suitcase that contains a creature or two (or more!). Newt’s arrival catches the attention of former Auror Tina Goldstein who tries to bring him in to gain back favor from MACUSA or the Magical Congress of the USA. As luck would have it, Newt crosses paths with Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj (muggle) who accidentally lets some of Newt’s creatures loose. It’s all terrible timing really because things are already quite tense in New York – there’s a fanatical group trying to expose and destroy the wizarding world and something dark and unknown is wreaking havoc in the city. Newt and Tina, along with Jacob and Tina’s sister Queenie, find themselves on the run from MACUSA and at the same time they have to recover all of Newt’s escaped creatures. Not only that, they also have to deal with whatever’s been destroying the city.
The movie really is awesome, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan. It’s nice to be transported back to that magical world again. And even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, you’ll still be entertained by the fascinating characters (played by really great actors, by the way), the story, the action and all the fantastic movie effects.
I love all the characters. I love Newt Scamander! He’s like Hagrid in the way that he loves all creatures and makes it his life’s work to study and rescue them and spread awareness about them (that’s why he came out with a book!). He’s kind of geeky and I love it.
My sister has the book and I read half of it the morning before we watched the movie. Honestly, it doesn’t matter whether you read the book or not because the book is just meant to be a reference book about magical creatures and not a novel. It’s a pretty fun book though and I really enjoyed reading it.