Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // Review (Film)

I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them a couple of weeks ago. I would have reviewed the book but since the concept was made for the silver screen it was better for me to fully expose myself to this new chapter in the story. I’ve been meaning to write this as soon as possible but I haven’t been able to find any time at all. I would love to dedicate time to this but apparently I’m studying for a degree or something. I’m currently eating my body weight in Pringles. I’m nailing student life.

Overall, I enjoyed it a lot. I was very apprehensive about this, especially after the minor disaster that was The Cursed Child, but the fact that this is a completely new take on the Harry Potter universe made me feel optimistic. I was ready for a fresh start and a dip into the past, and I liked the fact that I was learning new things about a world that is so familiar to me. Another familiarity was the fact that David Yates was directing this, like he has for the previous Harry Potter films. The style was familiar somehow and comforting, however I feel like sometimes you can tell the budget was so much lower for this film.

Newt Scamander, in my opinion, was portrayed excellently. I liked that he was a stereotypical awkward British person who really really adored animals, and I think it was clear throughout the film. What I’m gutted about though is that I’ve heard rumours about him being sidelined in future films? What is the point in presenting a character only to push them to one side in sequels? I’m ready to see Newt grow as a person and learn more about things and discover more of his story, but that’s just me. Hopefully the rumours aren’t true.

However, is it me, or did there not need to be a romantic element to the story? It was predictable and somewhat annoying that the four of them pair off perfectly, but part of me needs to remember that this is Hollywood and not literature. I feel like literature is so much more progressive these days but on the other hand the film industry is so much more accessible and people are so quick to pick up and judge films for lack of diversity or lack of anything really.

Wait, I’m basically judging it right now.

Never mind.

Go see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // Expectations

So, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out in the big wide world. Well, it was released at midnight last night in the UK. Would I have got tickets to see a midnight showing? Absolutely. Am I a university student with a gazillion deadlines? Absolutely.
I am making do with a trip to Manchester tomorrow to see it, and like I did with The Cursed Child many months ago (which you can read here) I thought I’d ramble a bit about my expectations.

Due to my experiences readingĀ The Cursed Child (which you can read here), I didn’t rush to pre-order the book. Like The Cursed Child, the novel for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is a screenplay, and in hindsight it would be a much more authentic experience to see the film first, without spoilers.

Despite this, I am much more excited about the prospect of Fantastic Beasts. Not only is it more accessible to us poor students that can’t afford a trip to London to see a play, but it’s not affiliated with Harry Potter himself. The fact that it is set in 1920s America adds a completely different perspective to the Harry Potter universe, unlike the Cursed Child which carries on directly from the Deathly Hallows. As much as I love Harry Potter, I feel like J K Rowling seemed to focused on the future than filling in the gaps of the past. I enjoy speculating on the future, and that’s why sites like FanFiction are so successful.

I’m ready to focus on a new character in the franchise. Although Cursed Child was supposedly about Albus and Scorpius, Harry still played a major role in his story. It’ll be refreshing to have more context and some fresh theories to discuss, although I doubt my best friend and I will ever run out of something Harry Potter related to debate about.

I’ll hit you all up with a review once I’ve seen it, but in the meantime, if you’ve seen it feel free to reply with spoiler free thoughts and I’ll see you on the other side.