As soon as I got home for Thanksgiving break, Mom and I went to see Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.  It’s a new story from J.K. Rowling about Newt Scamander, the author of one of Harry’s textbooks, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.

A short synopsis by Yours Truly:  Newt Scamander, magical zoologist extraordinaire, travels to 1920s New York City to find an animal for one of his other animals to breed with (I forgot what the animal was), only to find out that breeding magical creatures is illegal in the United States.  So, he gets tangled up with MCUSA, the Magical Congress of the United States of America. But breeding magical creatures isn’t the only problem America has.  Dark Magic is making its rounds, and witch persecution is at its peak.  Teaming up with an ex-auror, her sister, and a no-maj (I still prefer “muggle”) named Jacob, Newt attempts to neutralize the magic and save New York.

I liked it, but I would’ve liked to see more of Newts backstory.  Like, his time at Hogwarts or something.  All the magic creatures were really cool, but the niffler is my favorite.  It attracts all the shiny things it sees, which could, if taken advantage of, make someone rich.  I mean, who wouldn’t want that?  All of the visual effects were stunning.  If you like Harry Potter, you’ll really enjoy this.

I can’t wait to read the screenplay.

 

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