As usual I did not lose anytime to watch one of the most promising movies of the year! Yes, I’m talking about the “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them” movie, set into the Harry Potter universe, although this happens almost eighty years before Harry would set his feet in Hogwarts.
The story begins with Newt Scamander, a caretaker of magical beasts, arriving at New York city in the year 1926. Despite his somewhat formal and young look, Newt is quite and adept to get himself into trouble, since a small creature, with an appetite to collect precious metals, had managed to escape the magical case where Newt kept his beasts safe and rightfully treated.
After quite an apparatus to retrieve the beast, with which Newt had to use magic in front of a lot of muggles, (also known as no-maj in American English, are people who are not adept in the arts of magic and wizardry) an act that is not permitted within the magic society. It is by then that Jacob Kawoski, a poor worker and a muggle, was also caught in the middle of the event that ended at the bank while Newt pursued his creature bent on stealing every prized possession wherever it passed. Newt is then thrown into the eyes of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA for short), by the former Auror, Tina Goldstein as they try to understand if Newt’s actions are related to Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard that conducted several attacks in Europe and one to think that the wizards should not live in hiding and secrecy. He wished the wizards to reveal themselves so that they would rule the world instead.
Newt then discovers that his contact in New York to breed a rare kind of beast was no longer available, since the operation that he ran was illegal and shut down about a year ago before Newt’s arrival. He then proceeds to recover the remaining beasts who had escaped with the help of Jacob and Tina, only to end up in the middle of a much greater and evil plan…
First of all, let me tell you, I was swallowed right away by the 20’s. The architecture of the buildings, the clothes, the movement in the streets. Immersion was spot on!
It felt as if seeing Harry Potter all over again in the movie theater, about 15 years ago! The magic was all there and a lot of it if I may add! The main character, Newt Scamander, was very well represented if I may say so. Always with a touch of mystery in his expression and to the point with words. My kind of guy!
There are a lot of beasts which were not shown in the previous movies, perhaps even all of them are new to people who have only seen the movies! And they’re so nice! Although there were like a couple of species that were very, very creepy…
The story never loses pace until the very end, where I felt that it dragged a little. As we delve deeper into the movie, we notice that the two plot points will soon collide to achieve the climax and what a climax that was! There’s a lot of teleportation, a lot of magic beasts, elves(!) and as strange as it may seem while compared to the first Harry Potter movies, a lot of magic! Like a lot really! I’m not joking, these guys in New York City know how to properly make use of it for anything really!
Loved the movie, I believe it is probably the first of many, as it felt somewhat of an introduction to Newt Scamander, but oh boy the amazement while watching the movie was awesome! Nostalgia Goggles On! You should definitely check the movie out, if you have enjoyed the Harry Potter saga and even if you didn’t, give this one a try, it is a little bit more mature and actually with more humor even.