Fantastic Beasts… A delightful return to magic…

Last night (being the Harry Potter geek that I am) I went to see the midnight showing of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and to put it simply it was fantastic! 

I’m not really sure how to write this review without ruining anything for people who haven’t yet seen it. I could go on and on at length about it, but I’ll try to keep it short. 

Despite being set in 1920’s New York as soon as the opening music starts up it feels like coming home. There’s barely a child or familiar face in sight yet you cannot help but warm to these new faces,personalities, place and creatures almost instantly. 

There are of course plenty of scattered references to keep every Harry Potter fan happy, yet it still manages to be a perfectly wonderful stand alone story. 

In short the movie features Eddie Redmayne’s loveably awkward Newt Scamander as he arrives in a turbulent and unsettled New York, and manages to set his magical creatures loose in the city. And as to be expected all kinds of madness and chaos ensues.

There are silly, funny and crazy action moments aplenty, but what we have here is the wizarding world of adults not children. This host of delightful new characters all carry adult concerns, they all have a history that slowly unfolds, and for the grown up Harry Potter fan it is the perfect follow on, as we are given a world and characters that we can still relate to, despite them being magical wizards.

The very values and ideals of Harry Potter that made us love it the most friendship, bravery, kindness, goodness, remain, and there is something immensely comforting about returning to this world where good triumphs over evil. 

And what a stunning world. The settings for this film are truly magical, it’s unbelievable that the majority of the filming took place in a studio in Watford! Talk about the magic of movies. There’s one particular scene inside Newt’s suitcase which steals your breath, the talent and imagination of the people who worked on this film is out of this world. 

Once again I am completely spellbound by the magic of J K Rowling. It is a fantastic addition to the Potter universe (far more so than Cursed Child) and I recommend it for anyone. 

(Also Eddie Redmayne if you’re reading this I love you, call me 😉)


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