Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the next installment from the mind of J.K. Rowling. When I first heard about the film I was super excited. I mean how could you not be excited? It’s about the wizarding world way before Harry Potter. However, once the trailer came out, I was a bit nervous about how well it was going to be executed, but boy was I wrong! This film is hilarious and thrilling and heartbreaking. It is everything one could hope for in a J.K. Rowling production.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is about Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) a wizard traveling to New York in the 1920s. The story however, is in the case he carries with him. It houses an array of mythical creatures that are entirely foreign to the wizards and the Magical Congress of the United States of America.
Newt’s first major encounter in New York with Mary Lou Barebone an “activist” that believes all magical people are dangerous and should be executed like the witches during the Salem Witch Trials. While listening to Mary Lou’s speech an Niffler escapes from his case. (Niffler’s are extremely cute and are attracted to shiny objects.) He gets out in a bank of all things, and the Niffler goes crazy with all of the coins and jewels that are housed there.
That’s when we meet aspiring baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Folger) a No-Maj (or muggle) that just wants to get a loan for his own store-front bakery. But unfortunately for Jacob and fortunately for the viewers, he gets swept into the middle of the magical world when his case is accidentally swapped with Newt’s.
During the scuffle with the Niffler, we see Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterson) an auror trying to get back on the good side of President Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo), but of course that doesn’t happen because the cases have been swapped. Jacob, however, doesn’t know anything about the magic or really anything that has just happened to him, and heads home. He them opens the case and a handful of creatures escape. That’s the moment the real adventure begins because it forces Newt, Jacob, Tina and Queenie to make sure they all get back.
There are so many twists and turns in the film that it would be impossible to keep this post small. So I’ll just leave you with this, as much as I love Eddie Redmayne (and he is fantastic in this as well as everything else he is in), Dan Folger stole the show for me. He is funny and undeniably human, and of course he gets to experience a world no muggle gets to!
Be sure to go see this film, and meet some of the adorable (and creepy) mythical creatures of the wizarding world!