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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Review

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Jenna Walker, Crown Staff

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IMDb Synopsis: 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 secret.

Most people think action movies include car chases or guns, but “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” had none of that, and could successfully hold the title of an action movie. Fantastic Beasts is a spin off of the much loved Harry Potter series. Throughout the movie there are some references referring to the franchise, but if you weren’t able to see the Harry Potter movies, there was no confusion. Personally, I have not seen all of the Harry Potter movies but didn’t notice any plot holes.

The plot of the film revolved around Newt (Eddie Redmayne), a wizard, who comes to New York and brings a suitcase with all sorts of mythical beasts inside it. He has saved these beasts, some of which are almost extinct, and is trying to return them to their proper homes. The beats ranged from as small as a stick bug, to as big as a dragon. Newt is able to go inside his suitcase to see all of the animals he has saved, and it has different sections he has made to accommodate the climate of the beats’ needs. A non-wizard man has a suitcase that looks exactly like Newt’s and they get switched by accident. The non-wizard opens the case thinking it’s his and some of the beasts get out and start roaming around New York. Newt has to find all of them before wizards are exposed to the humans. However, there is another beast roaming around New York that is very rare to the wizard world. Newt has only seen it once before, and has to find a way to stop it from destroying the city and exposing wizards to the whole world.

Although the movie was a little long, there was not one moment where it was boring. There was always something interesting or exciting happening. The graphics and sounds made it feel like you were in New York with witches and wizards. During the fight scenes, the music was very intense. It got your adrenaline pumping because you wouldn’t know what was going to happen next. Overall, I thought the movie was great and well worth the watch. It won’t be a disappointment to anyone for any reason because it keeps your attention throughout the whole movie.

My rating: 10/10

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