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[REVIEW] Magic is Back with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

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It’s been a while since we’ve visited the magical world of Harry Potter, but Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them doesn’t miss a beat welcoming fans of all ages back into the fold.

Taking place in 1926 New York, Fantastic Beasts follows another young protagonist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), in his studies to the magical creatures that reside stateside. His presence is not welcomed, as trouble seems to follow Newt everywhere he goes, and after a comical series of events some of his creatures have gone missing and he’s wanted by the Wizardry Police for strange occurrences. A bigger threat than the simple zoologist lurks in the darkness, and it ends up being the responsibility of Newt and Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) to solve the curious case.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a fantastic entry into the Harry Potter world, sharing a story that is easy to follow and keeps the suspense throughout. Redmayne and Waterston were fantastic as Next and Tina, respectively, and the story Rowling has created is an excellent backbone to a new franchise.

The computer visuals were outstanding, bringing to life a vibrant world that surpass even the most imaginative minds. While it is a more mature storyline than we’re accustomed to, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them lives up to its name and will be a smash hit throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

★★★★1/2

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  • Rachel Wagner

    I thought this was just ok. I liked Queenie and Jacob and I liked the beasts. But was disappointed in Newt and found he mumbled his dialogue. Also I felt the 2 plot lines with the beasts and then the child abuse didn’t mesh well. Mixed bag for me.