This holiday season, starting on November 18th, the famous and beloved Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, brings magic to New York City with her new movie entitled Fantastic Beasts (And Where To Find Them). Which of course is inspired by the Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and written by the main character, Newt Scamander, himself.
Directed by, David Yates, who also assisted in the magical creation of the last four Harry Potter blockbusters, Fantastic Beasts proves to be just as magical as the eight film series that precedes it. (Despite the fact that Fantastic Beasts takes place decades before and half a world away.)
However, despite our new hero’s great intentions, when Newt Scamander, a Magizoologist, played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (pictured above), travels to NYC, he’s immediately branded as the cause for the destruction happening up and down the very streets he walks on.
To make matters worse, his first encounter with Jacob Kowalski, an aspiring bakery shop owner and a regular ol’ New York No-Maj (the American word for Muggle, or human that contains no magic), played by the hilarious, Tony Award winner, Dan Fogler (pictured below), leads to even more disaster as Jacob unintentionally lets a few of Newt’s beasts, hidden in a special case, loose.
Together, they must recover the missing beasts before someone (or some beast) gets hurt.
The beasts themselves are all characters of their own, all with their own wonderful personalities, that help to make this movie one of a kind, and with beasts, like the Niffler, it’s hard to remember that these creatures aren’t actually real, especially when you really want them to be.
Make no mistakes though, Fantastic Beasts is no Harry Potter, but it was never meant to be a sequel or prequel of any sort to the famous series. Fantastic Beasts is just another great addition to the Wizarding World fantasy we’ve all learned to love, and all would kill to be apart of, if it were real.
It’s heartwarming, it’s terrifying, it’s hilarious, it’s captivating, it’s touching, it’s powerful, it’s heartbreaking, it’s absolutely positively amazing and if it doesn’t make your heart ache with compassion for those that are mistreated, or make you angry at those that mistreat others, you obviously aren’t human! J. K. Rowling out does herself once again, leaving us begging and pleading for a part two!
While the trailer itself is nothing short of greatness, it doesn’t fully prepare one for the greatness to come, so if it left you craving for your next Wizarding World fix, you’re in for an absolute treat.
Please note that the above photos and videos do belong to the Fantastic Beasts website, www.fantasticbeasts.com, where you can also learn more about the movie, watch a few extra trailer clips, and purchase tickets to see the movie.
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