The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. (IMDb)
So, if you didn’t already know, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve got a tattoo and everything. So, the big reason I was excited for this was that I really wanted to see the wizarding world outside of Hogwarts and students learning magic. These are fully grown, powerful wizards living in the real world outside of school. In a way, this was the first Harry Potter movie for adults. While JK Rowling (who wrote the screenplay) had her signature charm and humor, this one also delved a little deeper, and was not afraid to show darker themes without sugar coating. And side note, who doesn’t love a 1920s wizard speakeasy? The story itself was interesting, the magic special effects were awesome, and some of those creatures were insanely cute (and also not so cute). It was a lot of fun seeing creatures that are mentioned in the book, like nifflers and bowtruckles, but we have never seen until now. Eddie Redmayne is so damn charming as Newt Scamander. I loved him from the second he was on screen. Colin Farrell was also quite good as Mr. Graves. Ezra Miller is a not surprising standout as Credence. This movie belongs to Dan Fogler though. He’s a “No-Maj” (American word for Muggle) who becomes aware of wizards. We are so used to knowing and understanding the wizarding world that it was so cool to see his character learn and discover magic. He was also easily the funnies and also most heart breaking character. He was wonderful. Now, the parts that make this not my new favorite HP movie. The female leads. Oof. Tina, a disgraced auror, to put it nicely, is kind of boring. You don’t really get on her side until almost 3/4 of the way through the movie. And Queenie, her sister, her introduction was eye roll inducing. Thankfully she also redeemed herself as the movie went on. But I was a little disappointed with how these two were presented and how their storylines played out. I also figured out the ending pretty much five minutes in. Ok. Now don’t get me wrong though, I still thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I admittedly went in with sky rocket ambitions, and while it met most, it didn’t meet all.