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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: Where Acting Surpasses Storyline

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A young Magizoologist (a wizard who studies magical creatures) named Newt Scamander is commissioned to write a book on magical creatures. Set in 1926, Scamander reaches New York with his suitcase full of a world of fantastic beasts and bumps into Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj (American for Muggle). Some of these creatures (Niffler, Murtlap, Erumpent) escape as the suitcase is misplaced and the story runs into catching them. The dark wizard, Grindelwald or Percival Graves is trying to destroy the muggles by using an Obscurial. Now, with the help of Porpentina Goldstein, Scamander must first, catch and then use his fantastic beasts to save the world.

“Yesterday a wizard entered New York with a case. A case full of magical creatures, and unfortunately some have escaped”

The movie is set as a prequel to the Harry Potter books and the story has been adapted from Rowling’s book, published in 2001, under the pseudonym of fictitious author Newt Scamander. Interestingly, Scamander’s full name is Newton Artemis Fido Scamander. The book revolves around the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. Recently, Rowling confirmed that the movie will be a five-film franchise will span nearly twenty-year period, ending in 1945.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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This spin-off fantasy movie, based on the Harry Potter universe had a lot riding on it and well, it did stand up to its name to a large extent.

Elements like the background music similar to that of Harry Potter and every now and then, a name of a person, place or creature is spoken out in the movie, gives it a nice touch and kind of brings back memories of Harry Potter universe, giving delight to its fans.

Cast of The Movie at SDCC 2016
Cast of The Movie at SDCC 2016

There are instances where the citing of Dumbledore and Lestrange and comparison of Ilvermony (American school of Magic) to Hogwarts brings that adrenaline rush and excitement.

“Newt Scamander: We’re going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They’re currently in alien terrain surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet; humans.”

What the movie lacks is its strength of the story. For a movie based on fantastic beasts, we only get to see a couple of them. Maybe, its Rowling’s idea of lengthening the course of the franchise (5 Movies Apparently!). But, the storyline definitely falls weak, but the acting lifts it right there..right at the very point.

Certain elements in the form of Kowalski’s acting, his amazement at the fantasy world of magic and creatures, the nifty Niffler – they, all, bring comic relief and joy in the somewhat slow story line.

“Jacob Kowalski: I don’t think I’m dreaming. I ain’t got the brains to make this up.”

The movie seems to have been “underdogged” by the Harry Potter series.’s more mature.’s different. But, not to the extent that it makes a name for itself.

Scamander wearing a Hufflepuff scarf and Dumbledore’s fondness of him in the movie projects at the upcoming movies and the story which might involve a young Dumbledore and the Hogwarts school.


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