Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Out Now
Harry Potter fans rejoice, as today marks the return of JK Rowlings wizarding world in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. If you don’t know the basic premise of the film, this is just a short post to explain what it’s about, the main characters you can expect and what we expect to see in this brand new storyline. Is this a prequel to Harry Potter, is this a sequel, or is this a completely separate story? Hopefully, we’ll have the answers for you here!
It’s hard to imagine that the last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, was released in July 2011 – over five years ago now. A highly successful franchise, with some truly memorable moments in the world of cinema. The books, too, have aged. Did you know the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, was released in 1997? Back then, it seemed like it was just a childrens book – A rather good one, we thought to ourselves, but we never realised quite the success the franchise was going to be. But with her creative and imaginative writing, that got children (and adults) excited, JK Rowling was on a roll to creating one of the most intriguing book and film franchises in recent memory. Couple this with the Harry Potter tours that now exist, as well as meetups that are even done in honour of the franchise, you can be sure that this wasn’t a fluke.
Now with this new spin-off franchise, with more than one film in the plans, you can be sure that the cinematic world is going to be wowed by magical displays once more. Whilst I’ve not read the book for this one, I’ve done some research about this – so if you’re expecting a new Harry Potter film, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. However, if you’re looking for a film set in the Harry Potter universe, then you need look no further, as Newt Scalamander, our protagonist in this film, is going to be every bit as magical as the Boy Who Lived from You Know Who’s terrible magical misdeeds.
Donning a mysterious suitcase in the year of 1924, this time we’re set in New York. Arriving in New York by boat, Newt’s suitcase is home to many fantastic beasts of all sorts of magical varieties. Upon accidentally letting a niffler out of his suitcase, Newt goes to retreive him and eliminate the memory of an American muggle, a No-Maj by the name of Jacob, who had saw the whole thing. Jacob retaliates however, which leaves Newt without his suitcase – and a lot of troubles to sort out. Trouble with arurors, magical authorities and also muggle authorities, Newt has to find his suitcase full of magical beasts, before all kinds of magical beings are around the world.
Whilst the older Harry Potter franchise was more focused around the story of Harry and Voldemort, this is more about the impact of the magical world on the non-magical world. When the two mix, catastrophic things can happen: But with the right mix of authority and expertise, we will see a proper team made to defend the non-magical world. In a completely new setting, set in a time earlier than the events of Harry Potter and with Dumbledore making an appearance down the line, we’re going to be in like for not one, not three but five amazingly magical movies set around Newt Scalamander’s misadventures.
If you’re like me, you’re already pining on going: Or you’ve already got your ticket sorted out to watch this years most must-see magical menagerie. But now I pass it over to you: What do you make of Magical Beasts and Where To Find them? Is the premise interesting enough, or will you stick with the old Harry Potter films? Is five movies too many, or are you looking forward to the next xyz amount of years as these are released? As always, leave a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.