Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the story of Newt Scamander, the author of the book with the same name, during his visit to New York and his encounter with the city’s secret community of witches and wizards, 70 years before the time period of the Harry Potter novels. Newt is travelling with a magical suitcase full of creatures that he accidentally loses, and while trying to retrieve his animals he encounters the mystery of the obscurus that it attacking the city.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and it was so lovely to be back in the world of Harry Potter with a new story. Eddie Redmayne was fantastic as Newt, portraying a character who’s much more comfortable with animals that humans. I didn’t particularly warm to Tina (Katherine Waterston) as a character but she grew on me a little towards the end so that may not be the case in future films. I thought Kowalski was a lovely character, wonderfully played by Dan Fogler.
I am looking forward to the sequels, but I hope that there is enough of a plot for all of them. However, it would seem that J.K. Rowling has a lot of back story to tell, so I am optimistic!