Take a journey into the wizarding world again


“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” truly lives up to the magical wonder of majestic creatures and endeavors. This thrilling special effects spectacular brilliantly encompasses a new world of magic and a new world of wizarding wonders for Harry Potter veterans, and those new to the franchise to enjoy.

At first, this movie seems like another “Harry Potter” movie, and yes it is, but it’s so much more than that. It includes the same character of the Harry Potter movies but differs in that you don’t need to read the books or have the background knowledge to fully understand the movie.  There may be a couple references that a newbie might not get, but that doesn’t take away from the movie in itself.

The movie is set in 1920s New York, where our traveling brit Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, is stopping for a quick layover while on his globe-trotting adventure to find and document strange and magical creatures. To the dismay of many, his suitcase full of magical beings is misplaced and is swapped out in the hands of a No-Maj; an American name for someone who lacks any magical skill, or Muggle as most know.

This No-Maj’s name is Jacob Kowalski, played by Dan Fogler, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and as one thing leads to another as many beasts escape from the loose, weak suitcase. Newt is joined by Jacob in an attempt to return the creatures back to his suitcase and to protect them from the possible harm and being found out by more No-Maj’s.

The movie manages to find its own identity from a new feel through old looks and demonstrated to me how unique it was by packing in multiple creatures from that branch downright cute to weird and strange. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, surely pulled me into the new wizarding world and I welcome that fully.