“Fantastic Beasts” Casts its Spell over Hollywood

Katie Boback ‘17
EE  Senior Entertainment Editor

331103id1b_FantasticBeasts_NewtScamandar_Keyart_48x70.inddThis year has been a fantastic one for Harry Potter fans. On July 31, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released, and more recently came the debut of . The movie dives into the adventures of a new character in the Harry Potter world, Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne.

Though everyone’s favorite wizard doesn’t make an appearance in the spin-off, the movie certainly keeps the magic alive. With an action-packed plot line and dazzling special effects, the film is a hit with all Harry Potter fans.

The movie takes place in 1926 New York, certainly a different setting than the original films back in England. But the characteristic setting adds new flavor to the film and gives an interesting window into magical society in the United States.

If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a must-see. While the original movies are still wonderful, it’s a sad but true fact that Harry and his friends cannot stay at Hogwarts forever. The release of this movie is a welcome edition for fans with Harry Potter withdrawal.

For those who haven’t jumped onto J.K. Rowling’s bandwagon, this movie will still thrill you, though many who are not familiar with the background may find some of the characters slightly underdeveloped. Senior Haley Lynch says, “They leave a lot of open ends with the characters, and they can seem a little flat.” It is worthy to note, however, that this is the first of a coming series, which will uncover more about the characters’ lives.

The film earned 74 million dollars in its opening weekend, not quite as much as the original movies, but it proves that the world of Harry Potter is still enchanting people today. In fact, there will be four sequels continuing this exciting storyline. The films will span nineteen years of wizarding history, from 1926 to 1945.

Fans can await more thrilling adventures in the future as we await the next movie, scheduled to be released in November 2018.

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